What works?

Following national competition, Envision is one of two organisations selected for a research project to identify what works in helping young people to develop the skills employers are looking for and boost their chances of securing a job.

The trial is being funded by a million-pound partnership between the Education Enfowment Foundation (EEF), the Careers & Enterprise Company and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 

A team of independent evaluators from the Behavioural Insight Team (BIT) will measure the impact that taking part in the programme has on character skills such as self-efficacy and persistence, as well as on maths and English GCSE results. 


Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

Schools and colleges are under more pressure to provide their pupils with a strong careers offering. But there is little evidence available on how to do this well. We are keen to see if engaging young people in tackling issues that matter to them motivates them to do better in school and to develop the skills valued by employers.

 Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

The best research shows that young people who have 4 or more encounters with the world of work while at school are 86% less likely to be NEET - not in education, employment or training - and on average will go on to earn 18% more than their peers who did not have such opportunities.

“These trials will add to this evidence base and help us better understand exactly which type of encounters and support have the greatest impact on young people. The findings will further support our Investment Fund in rapidly scaling up careers and enterprise programmes that work across England.


Anthony Harte, Head of Community Engagement, EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: 

“As a supporter of the Careers and Enterprise Fund, we are delighted to help understand what effective careers education looks like. While conditions in England have improved over recent years, many disadvantaged young people still face barriers to economic success. 

“By focusing on these trails to test different approaches to careers education, we hope to build pathways which will help young people transition from education into sustained employment.”