Effective employer engagement
Employers need a supply of young people with what they term 21st century skills; attributes such as problem solving and collaboration.
These qualities are best developed through practical experience. This is why new DfE statutory careers guidance requires schools to “allow pupils to tackle real life challenges which require them to manage risk and to develop their decision making, team building and problem solving skills”. It notes that “this approach can particularly benefit pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds”.
Schools, in turn, need business in-put to providing effective career guidance. The same DfE guidance has been heavily influenced by eight benchmarks for good careers guidance as set out in the Gatsby Foundation’s Good Careers Guidance. The fifth of these eight steps requires ‘encounters with employers and employees’. The sixth requires ‘experiences of workplaces’.
Our programme efficient does both these things, whilst simultaneously engaging employees in supporting students to tackle real life challenges. This means that we provide excellent value for money and maximise the impact of employer engagement.
Because we embed volunteer employee mentors in the project process, young people are able to see the direct relevance of their advice and support.
Mentors are able to also provide real-life examples to enable young people to understand the relevance of the competencies they are developing to the world of work.
Employee volunteers also enable young people to compete more effectively for the jobs they want. They produce references for participants evidencing their competencies through examples of behaviour demonstrated on the programme. Volunteers also give young people practice in articulating their Competencies in our speed interviewing sessions.
Many of our corporate partners are also using Envision to supply motivated competent young people for work experience and training opportunities.
We are offer eight different opportunities for employee engagement to each participant. This is important because research by the Education and Employers Task force found that young people who were able to recall four or more interactions with employers at school were five times less likely to be not in education, employment or training compared to their peers who were unable to do so.