Employer engagement describes the process through which a young person engages with employers, mediated by their schools, with the aim of influencing their educational achievement, engagement and/or transition out of education into future employment (Mann et al. 2014). In a practical sense, this may entail work experience placements, enterprise competitions, business mentoring and career talks within schools (Jones et al. 2016). Importantly, these activities have several beneficial implications for young people, including academic achievement, confidence and increased future earnings (Kashefpakdel et al. 2017; Mann and Jones 2016; Mann and Percy 2013).
Notwithstanding the insights provided by this research, important questions remain about the extent to which employer engagement is experienced by young people from different social class backgrounds, and the role it plays in their aspirations and subsequent employment. This will be a mixed-methods study, collecting data from students, employers, students and Careers Wales.