Developing young workforce strategy - impact on employer engagement: evaluation

An independent evaluation of the impact of Developing the Young Workforce Strategy on employer engagement.

Appendix 4: Core topic guide for practitioners

  • Why do employers engage with schools and young people and what helps and hinders them in doing this?
  • What are employers' motivations for supporting all young people's education and employment? Do they / their peers think they do enough? To what extent do they have a focus on gender and young people at most disadvantage in the labour market?
  • What are the limitations, challenges, barriers that employers encounter in supporting young people? What could be done to overcome them?
  • Are there forms of support that employers find easier to organise and provide?
  • To what extent is employers' support well matched to perceived needs of regional economies (current and future)?
  • What difference has involvement in DYW activities made to employers – in terms of recruitment, quality of match, retention etc?
  • To what extent is there evidence that engagement in DYW activities has made a difference to employers – in terms of recruitment, quality of match, retention etc?

Employer awareness, and capacity to support young people:

  • How well do employers understand the range of qualifications on offer? Do they hold a parity of esteem for 'academic' and 'vocational' qualifications?
  • How has the importance that they place on qualifications changed over time?
  • To what extend are employers confident, and skilled at supporting young people facing the greatest barriers to employment?
  • What support / encouragement might SMEs, in particular, need to provide such support? (This could include a focus on the propensity / ability of employers to help young people with mental and physical disabilities, poor mental health, and/or care experienced into work placements, vocational qualifications and employment).

Case studies and examples of good practice:

What examples are there of good practice in successful employer engagement, and what evidence-based learning points might this make?

  • Engagement with schools and young people.
  • Providing accessible, high quality work placements.
  • Providing work inspiration activities.
  • Providing apprenticeships.
  • Providing jobs and widening the accessibility of these jobs.
  • Ensuring that schools' curricula and guidance is responsive to learner preference and labour market opportunities.

How can employer engagement in this agenda be further expanded?

  • To what extent are employers aware of Scotland's approaches to employer engagement?
  • What are their perceptions of the benefits, shortcomings and impact of these approaches?
  • What could be done to further enhance the impact of employer engagement in terms of a better alignment between the world of work and young people's understanding and awareness of the world of work?
  • Are there any particular attitudes and constraints around the employers who've not engaged? If so, what does this mean in terms of engaging a greater proportion of Scotland's employers in the future.



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