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The opportunity - information gap: the role of employer engagement with schools

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The opportunity - information gap: the role of employer engagement with schools

Published December 2013

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A key aim of the CIPD Learning to Work programme is to promote the role of employers in reducing youth unemployment. The research summary, The opportunity–information gap: the role of employer engagement with schools, look specifically at levels of employer engagement with local schools. 

Over the last few years, the number if young unemployed people has hovered stubbornly around 1 million, which has prompted public debate about a ‘lost generation’. Views differ as to the reasons for this, and whether fault is with the education system, employers or young people themselves. 

One way that employers can help young people transition successfully from education to work is to engage with local schools and colleges. Meeting an employer can have a powerful impact on a young person. They say a piece of information can change a person, and when it comes to knowing about the opportunities that are available, that’s definitely the case. 

Based on a survey of more than 1035 HR workers, the research ummary explores the level of employer engagement with schools. It finds that over a third of employers have links with schools, but that this figure reduces to a quarter of private sector organisations. 

“When asked why, (they did not engage with local schools) an overwhelming majority of employers (63%) said
they have not considered this or they are not sure what they have to offer schools .”