This is what I thought that I might say.
I’m speaking in Swindon today about the role of employers in contributing to career education and guidance.
I have just produced a new paper for The Careers & Enterprise Company. It addresses the subject of employer mentoring. The paper sets out a literature review which describes the strength of the evidence for employer mentoring and sets out a model for effective practice.
The headlines area as follows.
- There is a substantal evidence base which supports the role of employer mentoring in schools.
- We can describe the strength of this evidence as moderate to good as it includes high quality studies and a number of statistical meta-analyses.
- The evidence suggests that mentoring can have a significant and observable impact on behaviour, attainment and progression. The effect sizes are typically small, but mentoring is a moderate–to low-cost interventon.
- The evidence suggests that mentoring needs to be high quality in order to deliver any impacts and that badly organised mentoring can do more harm than good.
We then drew together a series of features which describe effective practice as follows.
The paper is available to download for free.
Hooley, T. (2016). Effective Employer Mentoring: Lessons From the Evidence. London: The Careers & Enterprise Company.
Today I’m giving a presentation to Enterprise Coordinators from the Careers & Enterprise Company. The Enterprise Coordinators are tasked with bringing schools and employers together – so I’ve been asked to draw out some good practice about brokerage.
What I’ve tried to do it to pull together a top 10 ideas about how good brokerage happens. This is what I’ve come up with.
We are currently doing some research on how young people are supported in their careers and personal development one they go to work.
So much of the discussion about young people’s transitions focuses on before the transition is made (school) and so little on after the transition is made (work). We are interested in finding out more about this from employers.
Employers can get involved in two main ways:
- Answer a short survey which will take about 20 minutes. The link to the survey is here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73ZCGQ9
- Participate in a telephone interview for about 30 minutes. Please email your contact details and an indication of a suitable time for a telephone call to email@example.com
If you have any questions about the research please contact Nicki Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
Higher apprenticeships are an important new part of the educational landscape. Yet at the moment very little is known about how they are working out. We are undertaking some research to explore this and particularly to look at employers attitudes to higher apprenticeships.
We are interested in the views of all employers, not just those who have direct experience of higher apprenticeships.
Please can you send the survey link to any employers who you think might be willing to fill this in (or fill it in yourself if you are an employer).
Tomorrow I’m off to Leeds to address the Careers Live event.
This is what I’m planning to do.
It wraps up a whole load of different research and thinking that we’ve been doing for the last few years. I hope they appreciate it!