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Employer engagement continuum model

Lead Institution: SW HE STEM
Collaborating with: University of Exeter, Bournemouth University

Formulating Strategy: Resources developed by other programmes

The Marchmont Observatory, who led the HE STEM Project Progressing from labour market intelligence to HE level provision that is well-supported by employers, have selected some key resources on the process of employer engagement from a range of other relevant funded programmes for inclusion on our website. These are resources that are likely to be of use to FE and HE practitioners who are involved in the process of employer engagement within their own institutions.

The South West Higher Level Skills Pathfinder Project 

The South West Higher Level Skills Pathfinder Project (SW HLSP) was funded by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and managed by HERDA South West (Higher Education Regional Development Association - South West) from 2007 to 2010. The project aimed to meet the demands of employers by providing them with higher level skills training to improve their business offering. It gave employers the opportunity to provide flexible training for their employees who could work towards university-level awards as part of their professional development.

The SW HLSP Employer Engagement with Higher Education Literature Review (2009) identified the existing empirical evidence on employer engagement from Higher Education and business perspectives and highlights implications for effective employer engagement practice.

SW HLSP Employer Engagement with HE: Literature Review

The SW HLSP report, Stategies for Effective HE Employer Engagement (2009), summarised the findings from a series of 10 case studies of how higher education (HE) institutions developed and promoted their strategies for engaging with employers in the development of higher-level skills.

SW HLSP Strategies for Effective Employer Engagement

The Risk Modelling Tool below was developed by Universities South West in 2011 as an extension to the SW HLSP to support institutions in undertaking a risk analysis of developing provision as a result of employer engagement.

Universities SW Risk Modelling Tool

Risk Modelling Tool - Description

Staff involved

Chris Evans
University of Exeter

Christine Keenan
Bournemouth University

Dr Xavier Velay
Bournemouth University

Hilary Stevens
University of Exeter

Hilary Todd
University of Exeter

Penny Mitchell
Bournemouth University