Employer Engagement, including the retention and recognition of those employers already engaged in working with schools, colleges and work-based learning providers, is rapidly becoming recognised as the essential feature underlying the successful delivery of many of the 14-19 Education Reforms.
Ensuring that "Every Employer Matters" will have an impact on "Every Child Matters".
Employers have already been involved in the design of the Diploma qualification at a national level, and it is important to recognise that education and business are already collaborating in the East Riding to support the Diplomas as well as the Work-Related Learning statutory requirement for 14-16 year olds.
Diplomas require an innovative approach to teaching and learning incorporating employers into both their planning and their delivery.
To achieve good outcomes for learners, institutions will need to review their existing practice and the training of their workforce, and to create a climate for change.
Staff will need to become familiar with local business and services in their line of learning, and be willing to work with a business staff to put schemes of learning in place.
The learning environment could be at the employer's premises.
Real case studies should be developed and made available, so that learners experience the 50% of applied learning required for the Diploma.
In addition to developing Diploma modules with teachers, businesses could provide mentors, visits and mock interviews for example.
Already staff are beginning to work alongside employers in the East Riding to provide young people with the latest business practices and to create dynamic and relevant learning experiences.
To ensure that effective links take place across the school, college or work-based learning provider it is essential that a single point of contact be used in the first instance for employers and staff wishing to develop links.
Employers want to support Diploma delivery but need that single point of contact to ensure their offer is responded to in a timely fashion by a person who understands where employers are needed to support activity across the institution.
This way of working is being reinforced at Local Area Partnership level and in the development of material to be used on school websites.
For further information contact Helen Wilson, Area manager EBP at: