The implications of labour market change for schools and colleges

12.15 – 13.30

Westminster, Central London.

Speaker: Anthony Mann (Education and Employers)

Anthony Mann (Education and Employers) spoke on the implications of labour market change for schools and colleges, presenting findings from a collaborative project with Professor Prue Huddleston (University of Warwick).  The presentation drew on interviews with eight leading international commentators on structural labour market change (including Andreas Schleicher, and Professors Lorna Unwin, Chris Husbands and Hugh Lauder) and findings from four focus groups with UK recruiters published by Education and Employers Research on the day of the seminar:

How should our schools respond to the demands of the twenty first century labour market? Eight perspectives

What do recruiters think about today’s young people? Insights from four focus groups

The seminar explored the detrimental consequences to young people of structural changes in the UK labour market: growing complexity, fracturing of school to work transitions and changing employer demands – and consider implications for schools and colleges engaged in curriculum review.

The session included responses from Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders and Kate Shoesmith, Head of Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Slides from the seminar are downloadable:  UKCES 11 09 15