Our newly developed Employer Engagement guide is all about taking action and seeing the benefits. Whether you’re a teacher, an employee or even an employer, there is something in this 70 page guide that will help towards giving students the very best chances possible when they leave school and enter the working world.

‘We have developed this ‘Employer Engagement Guide’ to help you and other head teachers, vocational teachers and employers working across the Western Balkans find the best ways to work together towards further development of education. We have made this practical guide to support you in equipping young people with knowledge and skills that correspond to future needs of employers.’

Still not convinced? – Here is a small edited extract from the full guide:

Why work with industry? – The benefits of partnership working

There is a clear need for partnerships between vocational schools and employers. If schools want to help young people develop skills and knowledge that industry wants, they need to be able to find out what is needed by the industries that they aim to support. 

In addition, if employers want to ensure that they have a supply of motivated and capable young people to help their businesses grow, then they need to be able to articulate what they need to those within the vocational education system and support vocational schools at both local and/or national level to help achieve this.

The benefits to employer

The employers will benefit from an opportunity to:

• showcase their company/sector to a potential, future workforce

• engage with potential apprenticeship/junior employee applicants.

The benefits to schools

Working with industry ensures that:

• examples and lesson activities/assignments used with students are relevant and realistic

• the school is supported by local business and increases its status in the community.

The benefits to employees

Vocational teachers and other school representatives will benefit from:

• a motivating experience by learning about and engaging with local businesses/employers

• increasing sense of value as their work is seen as being more relevant.

The benefits to students

Most significant of all however are the likely benefits to the students themselves. Employer engagement is likely to:

• create an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills

• assist them to develop skills and knowledge that makes them more employable

• make the learning more fun and engaging.

We have produced this guide with support from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office within the project ‘Employer Engagement and Reform of Vocational Education and Training in the Western Balkans’.