Understanding Employer Engagement in Education [New Book]


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.


Preface - Nancy Hoffman, Robert Schwartz

Introduction - Julian Stanley, Anthony Mann, Louise Archer

Part one: Conceptualising employer engagement in education

Chapter 1 - Conceptualising Aspiration- Louis Archer

Chapter 2 - A theoretical framework for employer engagement- Julian Stanley, Anthony Mann

Chapter 3 - A conceptual framework for the American Labour Market:engagement, achievement and transition- James Stone

Chapter 4 - Youth Employment in the Twenty-First Century- Kathrin Hoeckel

Part two: Social and economic contexts

Chapter 5 - Social Mobility in Britain 1991-2005-Yaojun Li, Fiona Devine 

Chapter 6  - The winners and losers in the ‘hourglass’ labour market-Craig Holmes, Ken Mayhew

Chapter 7 - Local labour markets: What effects do they have on the aspirations of young people?- Ralf St. Clair, Keith Kintrea, Muir Houston.

Chapter 8 - Local labour markets: What effects do they have on the aspirations of young people?- Emma Norris, Becky Francis

Part three: Equity and Access in the experience of employer engagement

Chapter 9 - The views of young Britons (aged 19-24) on their teenage experiences of school-mediated employer engagement - Anthony Mann, Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel

Chapter 10 - That aroma of where they are likely to go: Employer engagement in high performing English independent schools- Prue Huddleston, Anthony Mann, James Dawkins

Chapter 11 - The role of Work Experience in the UK Higher Education admissions process- Steven Jones

Chapter 12 - How school work experience policies can widen student horizons or reproduce social inequality- Tricia le Gallais, Richard Hatcher

Part four: Economic Impacts and Employment Outcomes

Chapter 13 - School-mediated employer engagement and labour market outcomes for youngadults: wage premia, NEET outcomes and career confidence- Christian Percy, Anthony Mann

Chapter 14 - Exploring outcomes of youth apprenticeship in Canada- Alison Taylor, Milosh Raykov, Zane Hamm,

Chapter 15 - Work experience: the economic case for employers- David Massey

Conclusions - Julian Stanley, Anthony Mann, Louis Archer…


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.

Understanding Employer Engagement in Education: Theories and Evidence
Edited by Anthony Mann, Julian Stanley and Louise Archer

Published by Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415823463/

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