Employer Engagement in Schools: The Business Case

Local Economy Journal

What happens when someone from the economic community becomes involved in the work of schools and colleges? To what extent can they support pupil learning, progression and the performance of educational institutions? These are the two questions which policy makers across the OECD countries have grappled with over the last decade. Drawing on a shared awareness of labour market shaped by deindustrialization, increased flexibility and the use of ICT, governments and educationalists have identified employer engagement as a primary means of securing a more efficient flow of young people into the labour market, while offering a richer and more relevant learning experience to students.

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