October 5, 2020

Apprenticeships and social mobility

October 5, 2020

Apprenticeships are often considered an effective means of ensuring social mobility. They are ascribed this function because they provide both a way to increase skills and a link between education and employment, especially for those individuals who do not progress to Higher Education. This report is the outcome of an in-depth investigation of the English […]

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September 15, 2020

The long shadow of deprivation: differences in opportunities

September 15, 2020

Social Mobility Commission   Social mobility in England is a postcode lottery, with large differences across areas in both the adult pay of disadvantaged sons and the size of the pay gap for sons from deprived families, relative to those from affluent families. Both the adult earnings of sons from disadvantaged families, and the difference […]

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July 8, 2020

All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships call for evidence

July 8, 2020

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships recently hosted a call for evidence on the subject of apprenticeships, to which Education and Employers made a submission. Our programmes such as Inspiring the Future allow schools and volunteers to play a vital role in introducing young people to the world of work and giving them a […]

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June 19, 2020

Personal contacts, employment and social mobility in Britain

June 19, 2020

This paper contributes to debates around social mobility and social capital by exploring the links between social class background, assistance from non-parental personal contacts for finding employment, and social class destination. The literature on social mobility, social capital and social networks is reviewed, drawing a conceptual distinction between social capital and social networks. Previous research […]

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June 2, 2020

Another look at rural-nonrural differences in students’ educational aspirations

June 2, 2020

Another look at rural-nonrural differences in students’ educational aspirations Journal of Research in Rural Education, Winter, 1993, Vol. 9, No.3, 170-178 Emil J. Haller, Cornell University Sarah J. Virkler, University of Buffalo   This 1993 journal article explored the aspirations of rural and nonrural young people in the USA. It concluded that socio economic status […]

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May 25, 2016

How to make the most of employer engagement: six tips for school and college staff

May 25, 2016

By Anthony Mann Over recent years, UK and international research has made a consistent and compelling case that the quantity and quality of employer engagement experienced by young people while in school or college makes a significant difference to how well they do in the world of work in their twenties.  Education and Employers Research works […]

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February 19, 2016

‘Disadvantage and the “capacity to aspire” to medical school’

February 19, 2016

Erica Southgate, Brian Kelly, & Ian Symonds In Medical Education (2015), 49(1), pp.73-83. The article is available here. This article considers the aspirations of Australian high school students considering careers within medicine. Conducted in 2015, social mobility within medical careers has notably declined as young people from low socio-economic backgrounds are underrepresented, especially in comparison […]

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February 15, 2016

Book Review: Our Kids by Robert Putnam

February 15, 2016

Book Review: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam, New York: Simon & Schuster By Rachael McKeown Robert Putnam is a world renowned social scientist, famously publishing on the decline of civic engagement within American society and elevating the topic of social capital within policy circles. In his book Bowling Alone […]

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January 15, 2016

International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 21 and 22 July 2016

January 15, 2016

What difference does it make when employers work with education and training providers?  How can employer engagement best be delivered? Conference presentations and videos Conference programme Conference abstracts Conference speakers Delegate list Conference pictures Read our conference blog This joint conference hosted by the Education and Employers Charity and the Edge Foundation, with support from the […]

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January 14, 2016

‘The impact of financial and cultural capital on FE students’ education and employment progression’

January 14, 2016

Emma Norris & Becky Francis In Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence, Mann, A., Stanley, J. & Archer, L. (eds), London: Routledge (2014), pp.127-139. The book is available here. This chapter draws upon notions of social (in)equality and economic (dis)advantage to discuss how the career outcomes of young people are shaped by cultural […]

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