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Understanding employer networks

This research aims to develop a greater understanding of the design, implementation and impact on skills of employer networks in the UK to inform the delivery of investment projects. It seeks to understand how networks are organised and why, the kinds of activities delivered for employers and the outcomes and impacts which they achieved on employer growth and investment in skills. The study draws on a literature review, online mapping exercise, small scale online and telephone survey and a series of eight case studies investigating the role of employer networks in contributing to skills development and innovation in the UK. The objectives of the research were to: gain a clearer understanding of the employer networks that exist around the UK, with a particular focus on those with a skills or growth dimension; identify what the characteristics are of different networks and whether there are any patterns or prevalence of certain types; obtain a deeper picture of what employer network members feel they gain from participation in such networks.