Research for Practice: Papers from the 2016 International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training

By Anthony Mann and  Jordan Rehill (eds).

With contributions from Sean Coughlan, Andreas Schleicher, Stella Williams, Deirdre Hughes, Sally-Anne Barnes, Beate Baldauf, Rachael McKeown, Adrian Lyons, Julie Moote, Louise Archer, Emily MacLeod, Steven Jones, Jill Collins, Glynis Dean, Tami McCrone, Susan Bamford, Angela Richardson, Paul Bocij, Christian Percy, Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel, Lynn Gambin, Terence Hogarth, Claudia Hupkau, Sandra McNally, Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela and Guglielmo Ventura 


To download the publication, click here.


This publication presents contributions from the 2016 International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training.  The conference brought together hundreds of delegates together with speakers from around the world sharing perspectives on what happens when the world of education and training engages with employers and how any positives emerging from the interaction be optimised.  The conference was the fourth hosted by Education and Employers, the third by the Edge Foundation and the first joint event by the two organisations.  The event was sponsored by LifeSkills created with Barclays and it is through their kind support that this publication has been made possible.


The BBC’s Sean Coughlan interviews Andreas Schleicher

The publication begins with a full transcript of an interview of one of the world’s most influential commentators on education, the OECD’s Andreas Scheicher. Questioned by the BBC’s Education Online editor, Sean Coughlan, Andreas explores issues of skills mismatch, the limitations of qualifications and the importance of careers education.  The OECD’s Director of Education and Skills argues forcefully that “in any form of career development, in any form of learning, learning with real people and learning with real workplaces are crucially important.”  With the global economy rapidly changes demand for skills, Andreas Schleicher maintains that exposure to the world of work is becoming ever more important in both vocational and academic education. In a twenty-first century economy  it is not only technical skills and careers thinking that can be effectively developed with employers, but also character qualities like resilience, curiosity and leadership which are best developed where they can be exercised.


Eleven studies on employer engagement in UK education: implications for practice

The eleven contributions which follow were specially invited by the editors to summarise insights from their presented papers.  Contributors were selected on the basis of the quality of the research approaches they had adopted to explore questions of particular relevance to professionals working in UK schools and colleges. Contributors include:

Louise Archer (UCL Institute of Education), Paul Bocij (Aston University), Jill Collins (Sheffield Hallam University), Lynn Gambin (Memorial University), Terence Hogarth (Fondazione G. Brodolini), Deirdre Hughes (University of Warwick), Claudia Hupkau (CVER-LSE), Steven Jones (University of Manchester), Elnaz Kashefpakdel (Education and Employers), Adrian Lyons (Ofsted), Anthony Mann (Education and Employers), Sandra McNally (CVER-LSE), Tami McCrone (NFER), Julie Moote (Kings College London), Christian Percy, Louise Richardson (Heart of Worcestershire College) and Stella Williams (Newman University).

All the summaries focus, in different ways, on the implications for practice stemming from research studies.

To see presentations of papers delivered at the conference, including many videoed sessions, please visit the conference website at:


Planning for the 2018 Education and Employers conference is well underway. Sign up to our e-bulletin mailing list and follow us on twitter to keep in touch with our upcoming events.

To download the publication, click here.