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Edge Foundation and NFER launch online tool to support schools and colleges in their engagement with employers

1 March 2017

A free, interactive online tool for senior leaders and teachers in schools and colleges has been launched by the Edge Foundation in partnership with NFER. ‘Give Yourself the Edge’ is an online step-by-step guide for schools to develop and sustain partnerships with employers.

Encouraging teacher placements in industry, workplace visits and talks by employers in schools can all help young people into jobs, says the Edge Foundation. Being introduced to the world of work and meeting employers face to face, not only raises aspiration amongst pupils, but helps them develop employability skills and improve career prospects.

Tami McCrone, Senior Research Manager at the NFER, says: ‘Employer engagement in schools and colleges is important in order to prepare young people for the world of work. This guide supports practitioners starting out on this journey, as well as those wanting to move towards securing more profound employer engagement’.

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