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Let’s be employable!!

Principal focus of the project

The focus of the project was investigating the aspirations of learners at the end of the study programme, and to see if the employer involvement in delivery contributed to improvements in both aspirations and progression, as well as evidencing the career choices and income opportunities linked to improved social mobility. This was done through quantitative data analysis to provide a statistical basis for the conclusions.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

The research found evidence to support the use of employer led curriculum design and delivery, with raised aspirations and realistic expectations among learners, as well as improved attainment and progression to higher levels of study. The employers involved in the project also saw opportunities to influence curriculum design and delivery, opportunities to spot talent among the learners, and reduce time wastage associated with preparing employees to meet industry expectations.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Claire Barton - North Warwickshire & Hinckley College

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A research report that explores the effects of engaging vocational employers in the design and delivery of study programmes on the progression rates of learners into employment, and their subsequent aspirations for the future and long term career oriented roles.

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