Narrowing the gap: alternative modes of engaging employers

Grant type: Research
Round: Research grant 2008
Amount awarded £9,960.00
Completed: March 2010
Leader(s): Mrs Claire Taylor
Organisation: Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln
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Contact phone: 01522 527347
Start Date: 3 November 2008
End Date: 31 December 2009
Interim report received: 1 October 2009
Final report received: 13 January 2010
This project aims to develop and trial alternative modes of engaging public, private and voluntary sector employers from education and childrens' services with the different phases of HE course design and delivery. This is in order that the HEI and employers develop a shared understanding of each others' working practice and that levels of employer engagement are increased at the different phases of course design and delivery. The project will work with employers involved in two Foundation Degrees related to Education and Childrens and Youth Services at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln. The alternative modes of engagement will be: round-table consultation events; work-shadowing; an interactive web environment; video conferencing. Uniquely, the project will aim to evaluate the sustainability of each mode for employers engaged in delivering education and children's services from different sectors (public, private and voluntary). Project outcomes will include a research report, a 'Toolkit' to support academic staff in enhancing employer engagement and a dissemination conference open to tutors and employers from the relevant sectors
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