Call for evidence on employer engagement activities for learners

7 December 2017

Learning and Work Institute has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to gather evidence on effective employer engagement activities for learners aged 16 and 17 studying below Level 2.

This important piece of work will help to inform the planning and development of the proposed ‘transition year’ for learners aged 16 and 17 with low prior attainment, which was included in the Government’s Post-16 Skills Plan.

While the Skills Plan provides a clear course to establishing a ‘technical’ education pathway for young people and adults, it is recognised that not all learners are ready to study at Level 2 at age 16 and 17. Taking this into account, the Plan includes a proposed ‘transition year’ which will aim to bridge this gap for learners, offering tailored and flexible support based on prior attainment and aspirations, including employer-related activity.

Our call for evidence is seeking responses from organisations that offer employer engagement activities to learners aged 16 and 17 studying below Level 2. We want to hear about a wide range of employer activities delivered by organisations that support young people. These could include school sixth forms, further education colleges, sixth form colleges, independent training providers, land-based colleges and third sector/voluntary organisations.

Nicola Aylward, Learning and Work Institute’s Head of Learning for Young People, said:

“We’re delighted to be involved in this crucial piece of work to ensure that the new transition year for learners below Level 2 is effective in supporting them to pursue a technical education pathway.

We’re keen to hear from any organisation that offers employer engagement activities to 16 and 17 year olds with low prior attainment. Following the call for evidence, we will be contacting a sample of respondents to develop case studies of their provision, so this is an opportunity for you to showcase your good practice and support the development of effective practice across the sector.”

Alison Morris, Director for Sector Development at ETF, added:

“We have commissioned this important piece of research to help support the continuing transformation of the technical education system at all levels. Provision for young people who are not yet ready to access a technical route needs to involve employers and we want to support the sector to do this well. We are not starting from a blank sheet of paper, there are many examples of effective practice from different types of providers and the intention of this project is to identify this and develop practical resources that providers can use to improve their own practice. It will also provide a wealth of intelligence about what works which will help to develop the policy around the transition year and ensure that young people are able to access high quality technical education whatever their starting point is”.

To contribute to the call, please complete this online form

About the Education and Training Foundation:

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the Government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector. The charity works with teachers, trainers, leaders and employers to help them deliver excellent further and vocational education and training. This includes setting professional standards, workforce development, supporting sector change and providing data and research. The ETF is also responsible for the sector’s membership body, the Society for Education and Training alongside awarding Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).