Sharing Innovative Approaches and Overcoming Barriers in Delivering 16-19 Study Programmes' Principles: Case Study Report

Pauline Wade, Tami McCrone, Richard White, Vicky Hopwood

02 April 2015

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This case study report presents findings from research commissioned by the Department for Education on ‘Sharing innovative approaches and overcoming barriers in delivering 16-19 study programmes’ principles’. It addresses the work experience theme of study programmes. It highlights the successful delivery of work experience in 16 to 19 study programmes.

The methodology included NFER independently selecting providers demonstrating innovative and effective work experience practice; carrying out six case studies with colleges and schools. The study ran from December 2014 to March 2015.

Video case studies from our work experience event in April 2015.

Key Findings

The following components of implementing and delivering work experience highlight effective ways to provide young people with employability skills.

  • Schools and colleges’ proactively respond to the needs of local employers and work in partnership with them. This includes the active involvement of employers in preparing young people prior to work experience placements, the involvement of young people in real pieces of work or projects that are valued and used by employers and reflect current workplace demands.
  • The development of well regulated, monitored and structured programmes of work experience, enterprise and/or work placement activities that are tailored to the needs of students and employers.
  • Work experience models that are creatively and innovatively developed to provide benefits for all concerned, for example schools and colleges, young people and employers.
  • The establishment of a dedicated team, proactively led by a member of the senior leadership team, that develops and expands work experience opportunities (as part of young people’s extensive experience of the world of work).