Research carried out by the research team at Education and Employers has been published in a new Careers and Enterprise Company report. The report presents the evidence on the operation and impact of careers events held in UK schools and colleges.
As modern school-to-work transitions have become increasingly complex, the need for adequate careers provision has become more vital. Technological and workplace organisational change have meant that investment choices (what and where to study and the value of qualifications and experience) have become more difficult. In response, wider research and governmental guidelines have advocated involving employers in careers provision to provide students with a greater opportunity to understand the current labour market and the world of work.
Literature and new data were gathered and analysed to understand the potential impacts and optimal delivery of three related types of careers events aimed at supporting the career decision-making of young people: careers talks, careers carousels and careers fairs. Several high-quality studies exist demonstrating positive outcomes experienced by career event participants. However, it must be noted that the literature remains very limited on the comparative value of each type of these events. More comprehensive research is needed on the value of different types of career events to students of different age, attainment level and socio-economic background.
There is evidence of improved employment outcomes for young people taking part in careers events, for wage premiums and reduced chance of being Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). Careers events with employers can have a positive impact on employability skills and educational engagement.
Studies suggest that careers talks are ‘consistently effective’ and that the careers carousel appears to be the most effective activity for supporting students. A careers carousel is a speed networking event involving a rotating group of students and volunteers from business.
Watch Dr Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel (Head of Research, Education and Employers) discuss the findings
Want to organise events like these in your school?
Inspiring the Future is a free and easy way for thousands of schools, colleges and volunteers from the world of work to connect. It has been developed following extensive consultation with range of stakeholders – employers, education, government, third sector and intermediaries.
Volunteers from Apprentices to CEOs, Archaeologists to Zoologists pledge just one hour a year to volunteer in a state school or college near where they live or work to talk to young people about their job and career route.
Teachers and volunteers are connected through a secure website. Teachers select an invite people who best meet the needs of their students from a range of sectors and professions. At the heart is volunteers talking informally about their job, career and their educational route.
Organise an event in your school by signing up here.
Download the full report here.
The technical annex which underpins this guidance document is also available here.