May 19, 2014

Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence

May 19, 2014

Edited by Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley and Louise Archer (London: Routledge, 2014) The first collection of research essays on the subject of employer engagement in education, the book features 17 essays overwhelmingly drawn from papers presented at Taskforce seminars and conferences. “This important book takes the first step in field building – pulling together what […]

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January 14, 2014

“It didn’t really change my opinion”: exploring what works, what doesn’t and why in a school science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers intervention

January 14, 2014

An article by Louise Archer, Jennifer DeWitta & Justin Dillon in Research in Science & Technological Education 32 (1): 35-55 This paper investigates the impact of a pilot intervention programme on girls’ STEM aspirations and knowledge-base of STEM careers. The results of the evaluation suggest that the intervention was not particularly effective at changing STEM […]

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March 19, 2013

Nothing in Common: The Career Aspirations of Young Britons Mapped Against Projected Labour Market Demand 2010-2020

March 19, 2013

By Dr Anthony Mann (Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers), David Massey (UKCES), Peter Glover (UKCES), Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel (Research Analyst, Education and Employers) and James Dawkins (Research Analyst, Education and Employers). A report in the Taskforce’s Occasional Research Papers series in collaboration with b-live and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. The report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers […]

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October 16, 2012

The Impact of a Skills-Led Qualification on GCSE Attainment: the Case of ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

October 16, 2012

This seminar focused on research findings of the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness on academic attainment. Abstract: ASDAN’s Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a skills-focused qualification, usually undertaken at Key Stage 4 alongside GCSEs and/or vocational qualifications; it often includes a component of work experience or career planning. This seminar reported the findings of a […]

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February 27, 2012

School-Mediated Employer Engagement and Labour Market Outcomes for Young Adults: Wage Premiums and NEET Status

February 27, 2012

This seminar focused on the relationship between employer engagement and employment outcomes for young people. Abstract: What is the relationship between participation in school-age (14-19) employer engagement activities (work experience, careers advice from employers etc) and labour market outcomes among young adults (aged 19-24)? Drawing on a sample of 987 young Britons, the seminar presented new data, […]

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February 21, 2012

It’s Who You Meet: Why Employer Contacts at School Make a Difference to the Employment Prospects of Young Adults

February 21, 2012

** Please note that deeper statistical analysis of data first presented this report identified lower levels of improvements in NEET outcomes than initially set out in this publication.  Please see Anthony Mann’s blog of 15 November 2015 ** This report published by the Education and Employers Taskforce examines youth unemployment within the UK and provides […]

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July 22, 2011

How and Why Employers are Engaged to Support Student Learning and Progression in High-Performing Independent Schools

July 22, 2011

This seminar focused on the role of employer engagement in independent schools. Abstract: The seminar addressed three questions: 1) to what extent do high-performing independent schools engage with employers to support pupil learning?, 2) why do they do it? and 3) how do they go about it? It drew upon data generated from a range of sources: […]

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May 24, 2011

The Wolf Report – Perspectives from Europe

May 24, 2011

This seminar examined the policy proposals of the Wolf Report. Abstract: The Wolf Report puts forward both strong criticism of and radical proposals for VET in England. Alison Wolf’s analysis of staying-on becoming the norm and the proposal that there should be a heavier emphasis on WRL and WBL at 16-18 rather than 14-16 prompts us […]

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April 22, 2011

Girls’ Career Aspirations

April 22, 2011

A report by Ofsted Despite the fact that girls tend to outperform boys academically at school, this does not relate to the success of women in the labour market in terms of either careers or pay. In particular, women are much less likely to work in science, engineering and technology sectors than men. Between June […]

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November 21, 2010

Efforts to Increase Students’ Interest in Pursuing Mathematics, Science and Technology Studies and Careers: National Measures taken by 16 of European Schoolnet’s Member Countries

November 21, 2010

A report by Caroline Kearney, commissioned by European Schoolnet (EUN) The report offers a comparative analysis of 16 European Schoolnet (EUN) member countries (Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, Norway, France, Portugal, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Israel, Sweden, Ireland and the Slovak Republic), based on voluntary questionnaire responses regarding measures to increase students’ […]

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