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ERIC Number: ED558682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-9100-0852-2
Improving Employability Skills, Enriching Our Economy. Research Summary
National Foundation for Educational Research
This report has been produced by four organisations--the National Foundation for Educational Research, South East Strategic Leaders, London Councils and the London Enterprise Panel. It is based on research into how secondary schools, colleges, SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and micro-businesses in London and the South East work together to improve young people's employability skills and successful transition into work. This summary report includes findings from the research, which involved telephone interviews, focus groups, consultations and a review of existing research. The case studies area available in a separate report (see ED558697). NFER has also produced a "connect card" designed to help education organisations and businesses to engage with each other more effectively and stimulate discussion. Key findings include: (1) Schools and colleges cannot produce "work-ready" employees alone without input from employers such as SMEs; (2) Having a single line of communication (face-to-face where possible) helps SMEs to understand the importance of the role of a school or and break down barriers. A dedicated careers coordinator is invaluable for brokering long-term connections; (3) SMEs should be involved with the content of careers information; (4) Schools and colleges need to show that employers can get involved and can offer flexible methods of engagement such as providing apprenticeships or work placements; and (5) Relationships between education organisations and businesses need to be driven by schools and colleges who need to learn how to "sell" themselves.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) (England); London Councils (England); London Enterprise Panel (LEP) (England); South East Strategic Leaders (SESL) (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)