LCR Business-School Engagement & Impact Assessment Report

Mon, October 7th, 2019

Released 7 October 2019

A collaborative pilot research programme undertaken by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Professional Liverpool & Growth Platform.

Executive Summary

The report summarises the results of research into interactions between business and schools in the Liverpool City Region, carried out by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Professional Liverpool and the Local Enterprise Partnership (“Growth Platform”) Career Hub between May 2019 and August 2019.

Objectives

The purpose of the research into business relationships with schools was to understand:

  • the current level of engagement between schools and businesses
  • the type of school engagement undertaken by businesses
  • the purpose and objectives of businesses when engaging with schools
  • the barriers for businesses when engaging with schools
  • the desired support that would encourage businesses to engage with schools
  • the attributes and qualities most desired by business in school-leavers

Methodology & Sample Size

The research was undertaken using a mixture of surveys and interviews with answers entered into a templated questionnaire.

83 businesses responded to the survey a variety of sizes and sectors.

The most prominent sector represented within the survey responding cohort identified themselves as being legal and professional services.

Conclusions

The report provided several insights into the nature of business engagement with schools, summarised as follows:

  • Businesses currently engage more with secondary schools than they do primary schools.
  • Businesses intend to increase most forms of engagement activity with schools over the coming year
  • Work experience is decreasing in popularity as a method of engagement
  • The majority of businesses primarily engage with schools as part of their corporate social responsibility activity.
  • Business engagement is predominantly impeded by limited accessibility to schools and the time and resource capacity of their business
  • Greater coordination and facilitation of engagement opportunities would be welcomed by businesses, potentially by trade associations in the Liverpool City Region
  • Businesses increasingly value characteristics such as communications and adaptability over technical ability within school-leaving students entering the workforce of their business.

Recommendations

  • The research undertaken between the three organisations is designed to act as the commencement of a regular programme of research and engagement.
  • There will be ongoing engagement with the City Region’s Careers hub to develop career pathway materials, and the report will be used to highlight the need and opportunities for increased primary school engagement.
  • The LCR Combined Authority will be consulted regarding methods of enabling greater meaningful business activity with schools, potentially making school engagement a prerequisite to businesses accessing funding support in the LCR.
  • Partners will provide further support to the Careers Hub through the promotion of their initiatives and will continue to collect intelligence and insight from private sector businesses around their school engagement activity and skills needs.
  • This exercise will be repeated during the summer of 2020 and on an annual basis to provide ongoing access to market intelligence of activity and best practice in the City Region.

View the full report here

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