Research conducted by the UK based charity Education and Employers has for the first time in England demonstrated a link between young people’s engagement with the world of work through career talks and their GCSE attainment, by using a Randomised Control Trial (RCT).
The research, Motivated to achieve, shows that participation in career talks with volunteers from the world of work can change the attitudes of Key Stage 4 (14-16 years-old) pupils to their education. This can influence their future plans and subject choices, motivate them to study harder and supports an improvement in academic attainment – even when taking place only a few months before their exams start. Significantly, the research shows that low achievers and less engaged learners have the most to gain in improving their academic attainment.
It builds on previous research done by the charity over the last ten years including its frequently quoted report that four or more employer encounters reduces the likelihood of young people becoming NEET (2013, 2017). The BBC and TES have covered the story and you can find that coverage and view the full report here.
50,000 volunteers from all sectors – architects to zoologists – and at all levels – apprentices to CEOs – are available to talk to young people about their job and career route via the free online service Inspiring the Future which ASCL helped design.