Apprenticeships make up a large part of any career plan. Career Coach is a great way to showcase the great employment opportunities that apprenticeships present, connecting jobseekers to employment. Lakes College in West Cumbria has done a great job doing just that.
In March Lakes College hosted a Youth Event organised in collaboration with Job Centre Plus. The College hosted a range of training providers, employers, voluntary organisations and education providers from across West Cumbria.
Lakes College had two stalls to focus on both apprenticeship and full time course provision. All advisers were equipped with iPads with access to Career Coach so that they could deliver ‘on the fly’ information advice and guidance. The immediate feedback from the unemployed young people in attendance was extremely positive, in particular the link between courses and careers. Advisers were able to quickly and easily show earnings trends and LMI data in a visually-engaging manner, which allowed the young people to understand their options and the potential impact of furthering their studies. The day resulted in a record number of applications to the College for an event of this type.
In May the College held its annual Think Big Event. This event focused on supporting student progression by highlighting the benefits of staying on in education and progressing to higher levels of learning. The event included a number of workshops at which Jim Busher, Head of Student Support Services and Kate Skillen, Marketing Intelligence Officer, used Career Coach to look at key LMI data for students, stressing the relationship between higher levels of learning and capacity to earn. Workshops on 24+ Advanced Learning Loans, Financial Support, HE study and apprenticeships all featured use of Career Coach and handouts on the site.
Outside of the Think Big Event workshops, tutors ran their own workshops on the use of Carer Coach through their Transitional Reviews, the final formal tutorial of the academic year.
These are just a couple of many examples of how the College are effectively using labour market information to support career progression planning and showcasing viable pathways to employment.