Understanding employer engagement in education: theories and evidence

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June 1, 2014


collection focuses on employer engagement in education, how it is
delivered and the differentiated impact it has on young people in their
progression through schooling and higher education into the labour
market. The focus is not narrowly on vocational or technical education
or work-related learning, but on how employer engagement (eg, work
experience, internships, careers education, workplace visits, mentoring,
enterprise education etc) influences the experiences and outcomes of
the broad range of young people across mainstream academic learning
programmes. The essays explore the different ways in which education can
support or constrain social mobility and, in particular, how employer
engagement in education can have significant impact upon social mobility
– both positive and negative.

Leading international contributors examine issues surrounding
employer engagement and social mobility: conceptualisations of employer
engagement; trends in social mobility; employer engagement and social
class; access and management of work experience; social capital and
aspiration; access to employment.

The book makes employer engagement an innovative focus in relation to
the well established fields of social mobility and school to work
transition. By examining what difference employer engagement makes, the
essays raise questions about conventional models and show how research
drawing on different fields and disciplines can be brought together to
provide a more coherent and convincing account. Building on new
theorisations and combining existing and new data, the collection offers
a systematic exploration of the influence of socio-economic status on
school-to-work transitions, and addresses how educational policy can
shape more efficient labour market outcomes. In doing so, it draws on,
and speaks to, existing literature which has considered such questions
from the perspectives of gender, ethnicity and social disadvantage.




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