Employability and Employer Engagement – Lessons from the Independent Schools Sector
Can lessons be learnt from the independent schools sector about developing employability and employer engagement?
Yes, according to a recent report, Employer Engagement in English Independent Schools, published by the Education and Employer Taskforce (July 2012). The report suggests that UK state schools are lagging behind in their efforts to develop pupil employability and build sustainable employer links.
The report, which bases its findings on the results of an investigation into 20 top performing independent schools, concludes that employer engagement within independent schools is much higher and more consistent than in state schools. In particular:
- Employer engagement is focused on supporting pupils’ career decision-making, the HE application process, and the development of social, personal and employability skills.
- While many employer engagement activities take place outside of the curriculum timetable, staff and pupils value these activities as an integral part of careers and work based learning.
- Parents and pupils from independent schools are better able to exploit their existing social and professional networks to find work or placement opportunities. These are routinely undertaken outside of the school term or during the summer holidays.
- Pupils from independent schools also demonstrate a greater independence in finding and approaching employers for placement and work opportunities.
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