1st Edition

Understanding Employer Engagement in Education Theories and evidence

Edited By Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley, Louise Archer Copyright 2014
    288 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This 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.


    Professor Robert Schwartz, Academic Dean, Harvard Graduate School for Education, Harvard University

    Introductory Essay

    Louise Archer, Anthony Mann & Julian Stanley

    Part 1 -Conceptualising employer engagement in social mobility

    Julian Stanley, University of Warwick & Dr Anthony Mann, Education and Employers Taskforce

    What Difference Does it Make? – Building a Theoretical Understanding of What Employer Interventions Do

    Dr James Stone III, National Research Centre for Career & Technical Education, University of Louisville, USA

    College and Career Ready - A Conceptual Framework for the American Labour Market: Engagement, Achievement and Transition


    Part 2 -Trends in social mobility

    Prof. Yaojun Li, Prof. Fiona Devine, School of Social Sciences, Manchester University

    Origin, Education and Destination: An Analysis of Social Mobility in Britain (1991-2005)

    Prof Ken Mayhew, Craig Holmes, SKOPE, University of Oxford

    Room at the Top – and the Bottom, Too: The Winners and Losers in the "Hourglass" Economy

    Employer engagement and social class

    James Dawkins, Education and Employers Taskforce

    Looking Back, Moving On: The Views of Young Britons (aged 19-24) on Their Teenage Experiences of School- Mediated Employer Engagement and Correlations with Subsequent Labour Market Outcomes

    Prof Prue Huddleston, Centre for Education and Industry, University of Warwick & Dr Anthony Mann, Education and Employers Taskforce

    Perhaps You are a Barrister and Can Help a Current Wykehamist Discover Something About Chamber Life? - Employer Engagement in High Performing English Independent Schools



    Part 3 - Access to work experience and internships

    Dr Tricia Le Gallais, Birmingham City University

    What a Person Can Be They Must Be - An Exploration of the Efforts of One School in the West Midlands, England to Raise Aspirations and Widen Horizons for their Students Through Their Work Experience Programme.

    Gill Frigero, Career Studies Unit, University of Warwick

    Social Mobility and Unpaid Work Experience in Higher Education: Lessons from a HEFCE Funded Undergraduate Internships Scheme

    Social capital and aspiration

    Dr Keith Kintrea, Dr Ralf St.Clair & Dr Muir Houston, College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow

    Knowing Their Place: How Location Makes a Difference in Young People’s Aspirations: A Report on a Longitudinal Study of Three British Communities

    Emma Charlotte Norris with Prof Becky Francis, Royal Society of Arts

    Not Enough Capital? Exploring education and employment progression in Further Education


    Part 4 Access to employment

    Professor Alison Taylor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta

    High School Apprenticeships in Alberta: Exploring Social Mobility

    Jill Collins, Squadron Leader Glynis Dean & Mary Guy, The Royal Air Force and Sheffield Hallam University

    Ensuring the Future Workforce - A Royal Air Force Perspective: The Exploration of a Strategic Response to the Under-Representation of Females in Technical Occupations

    Dr Richard Pettinger, University College London

    Employer Engagement: A Strategic Human Resource Management Perspective



    Hugh Lauder, Professor of Political Economy, University of Bath and editor of the Journal of Education and Work


    Anthony Mann is Director of Policy and Research at the Education and Employers Taskforce.

    Julian Stanley is Head of Centre, Centre for Education and Industry, University of Warwick, UK.

    Louise Archer is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London, UK.