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Transition Offer

Supporting the development of the ‘Transition Offer’

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) commissioned the Learning and Work Institute (L&W) to conduct research which aimed to identify effective practice in employer engagement in provision for learners aged 16 to 17, with low prior attainment (no qualifications at Level 2) studying at Entry Level and Level 1 in Further Education (FE) providers. The findings of the project will support the development and successful implementation of the proposed ‘transition offer’, referenced in the Government’s Post-16 Skills Plan, which will provide tailored and flexible support for young people who are not yet ready to study at Level 2 at age 16/17.

Three resources have been developed:

  • A collection of 25 case studies of effective practice in employer engagement activities for this group of learners. The case studies highlight the ways in which providers from across the FE sector design, recruit to, deliver and evaluate their employer engagement provision. The case studies are grouped by provider type.
  • A guide for all types of providers and organisations working across the FE sector with 16 and 17 year olds studying below Level 2. It provides step-by-step guidance on how to design, deliver and evaluate effective employer engagement activities with this group of young people. The guide also advises on how to secure good outcomes for young people on their pathway to higher levels of study and/or employment.
  • A summary report, which presents the findings of the research, along with policy and practice recommendations for the wider sector, the ETF and the Department for Education.

More examples of employer engagement activities and effective partnership working between providers and industry are available on the Teach Too page.

There’s loads of evidence [that] the most meaningful factor in whether a young person is in a job five years after they leave school… is whether they’ve had five meaningful interactions with employers… That’s what we’re trying to embed into all of our projects, to try and make the encounters with the mentors… really meaningful.

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