The focus of the report is on work-related activities commonly undertaken by schools and colleges to help prepare students for the transition relating specifically to employer engagement education.
The findings suggest that one-off careers activities are not enough, with only 25% of those recalling having taken part in one careers activity at school describing it as very or fairly helpful to their decision making post-16. This proportion rose steadily the more activities the individual had participated in, up to 51% for four or more activities. The research found that those who undertook four activities while school were 86% less likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) than those who did none. The survey also found that good quality careers education had a positive impact on young adults’ wages, with those who described the activities they explained as ‘helpful in getting a job’ earning up to 16.4% more than those who had not participated in any activities