November 4, 2015

Inspiring the Future: three milestones and what they mean

November 4, 2015

Inspiring the Future (www.inspiringthefuture.org) is the free service provided by Education & Employers which allows UK state schools and colleges to connect online with employee volunteers to support young people across a wide range of activities, stretching from short careers talks to being a school governor. During the month of October 2015, three important milestones […]

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September 29, 2015

The Relation of Source Credibility and Message Frequency to Program Evaluation and Self-Confidence of Students in a Job Shadowing Program

September 29, 2015

Frank Linnehan In Journal of Vocational Education Research 29:1 (2004) pp.67-81 This study explores the relationship between students and adults in the school and business environment during a US job shadowing programme. In particular, the credibility and message frequency of the adults who were being shadowed were analysed in relation to the perceptions of a […]

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September 10, 2015

The ‘Employer Engagement Cycle’ in Secondary Education: analysing the testimonies of young British adults

September 10, 2015

By Dr Steven Jones (Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Manchester), Dr Anthony Mann (Head of Policy and Research, Education and Employers) and Katy Morris (Education and Employers) In previous work undertaken by Education and Employers Research, evidence has been revealed which shows direct relationships between the volume of school-mediated employer engagement undertaken […]

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July 3, 2014

How School Work Experience Policies Can Widen Student Horizons or Reproduce Social Inequality

July 3, 2014

By Tricia Le Gallais and Richard Hatcher, Birmingham City University. In Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence (Routledge, 2014) eds. Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley and Louise Archer. This article sets out the findings of two research studies which investigate the relationship between the work placements that school students undertake and their social class. The […]

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July 3, 2014

The Role of Work Experience in the UK Higher Education Admissions Process

July 3, 2014

By Steven Jones In Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence (Routledge, 2014) eds. Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley and Louise Archer This article aims to investigate and quantify differences in the work related activity experienced by UK Higher Education (HE) applicants from a range of backgrounds as well as to consider how work experience is […]

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June 18, 2014

Work Experience and the UK University Admissions System: Comparing UCAS Statements According to School Type

June 18, 2014

This seminar focused on the role of work experience on UCAS Personal Statements. Abstract: The announcement of higher fees for the UK Higher Education (HE) sector from 2012 brought with it renewed emphasis on non-academic indicators in the admissions process. In addition to assessing ‘headline’ A-level grades, the UK’s Minister of State for Universities and […]

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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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September 26, 2013

Young People’s Backgrounds, Aspirations and Outcomes: Identifying Patterns, Seeking Explanation, Proposing Solutions

September 26, 2013

This seminar focused on the impact of social background and aspirations on employment outcomes for young people. Abstract: There has been a long-standing concern expressed by politicians, media outlets and social scientists with young people’s occupational aspirations, and particularly with the notion that low aspiration or lack of aspiration might be having a significant impact […]

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March 21, 2013

Employer Engagement in British Secondary Education: Wage Earning Outcomes Experienced by Young Adults

March 21, 2013

By By Dr Anthony Mann (Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers), and Christian Percy (An Independent Academic and Econometrician).   An article by Dr Anthony Mann and economist Christian Percy from the peer-reviewed international Journal of Education and Work exploring the links between the earnings of young adults and the extent of school-mediated employer contacts they were exposed to […]

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February 14, 2013

“Not girly, not sexy, not glamorous”: primary school girls’ and parents’ constructions of science aspirations

February 14, 2013

Louise Archer et al in Pedagogy, Culture and Society 21:1 (2013) pp.171-194 Archer et al investigate discourses surrounding popular femininity and the importance of social background and social capital in career aspirations and educational or vocational attainment, in relation to science and STEM aspirations. The perception that science is a field for white, middle class […]

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