Voluntary and collective employer engagement and agency around the high-skill supply-demand relationship of education & training and VET in England.

Date

2022-05-05

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ISSN

1363-9080

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Publisher

Taylor and Francis

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article explores the underexamined idea of employer engagement as the institutional agency around the supply-demand relationship surrounding education and training (E&T) and VET in England (2012), arguing why VET needs are still likely to be unmet. A single case-study methodology and forty convergent interviews with high-skill employers and policy stakeholders revealed three types of highly constrained employer agencies, in England’s Northwest Bioregion, during a period when policy institutions faced restructuring and closure. The research is set against the backdrop of a previously failed and historically repeatedly revised VET institutional environment. In further addressing the lack of empirical evidence on the employer engagement problems faced by policy stakeholders during 2012, it reveals an individualised, voluntary, yet expected weak employer agency around supply-side initiatives. Also, a voluntary yet collective employer agency underpins the wider challenged efforts of policy stakeholders in engaging employers around E&T/VET, while also evident is a collective progressive employer agency around high-skill VET linked to R&D production. Discussions highlight the influence of supply-/demand-side constraints for current VET, questioning what has really changed.

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Keywords

Employer engagement, high-skill VET, institutional agency

Citation

Malik, F. (2022) Voluntary and collective employer engagement and agency around the high-skill supply-demand relationship of education & training and VET in England. Journal of Education and Work.

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People, Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)