Why and How We Should Effectively Manage Employer Engagement in the Post-Leitch Demand-Led World of Learning and Skills

The report analyses the following critical business question:
Why and how we should effectively manage employer engagement in the post-Leitch demand-led world of learning and skills
The report analyses the ‘why’, by critically examining literature in order to see whether there is a business case for investing in training and Apprenticeships. With respect to the ‘how’, the report also explores the literature on employer engagement to establish a systematic and robust employer engagement model. To give the analysis a practical
Work-related context, the report critically evaluates a major employer-focused Learning and Skills Council (LSC) programme, namely Apprenticeships. This practical critical analysis identifies areas of good practice, as well as outlining recommendations for business improvement.
The report specifically focuses on Apprenticeships for a number of reasons:
  * It provides an opportunity to capture the end to end process, not just a portion
  * It will have relevance for both the public and the private sector
  * This is currently the flagship government policy
  * It is a programme that has broad cross-party support and is highly likely to remain a high priority regardless of the future political landscape
  * It is a cornerstone of the 14-19 entitlement
  * It is a key programme that addresses both young people (14-19) and adults
  * Employer engagement is critical to success
  * A key focus of the National Apprenticeship Service is employer engagement
  * It is a critical area at present where targets are challenging
The report argues that there is a clear case to support Apprenticeships as a product and the literature supports the view that investing in the programme has demonstrable benefits to employers. Effective employer engagement is crucial if Apprenticeship growth is to be fully realised. This engagement will only be truly effective if a robust and consistent model of engagement is used to make this business case...