Next month, the Association of Colleges will host an event designed to discover better ways to serve young people preparing for their careers. The event is called the AoC Into Work Conference: Preparing young people for employment. As the website states,
Young people are faced with a complexity of options to choose at 14. One year on from the statutory duty on schools to provide careers guidance and its extension to 16-18 and the launch of the National Careers Service, this conference will look at whether choice is underpinned by good information.
There is a multitude of ways that a young person can obtain guidance as they think about their career options. Most colleges have some sort of career counselors who are employed to help young people make the best choices. But what do the career counselors base their opinions on? A fair amount of research goes into the process, but most of the time, a lot of guesswork goes in as well.
This is part of the reason why it is so crucial to support career decisions with labour market information. EMSI’s data is based on information collected by the Government and is crosschecked with several other data sources. Using this data, colleges can fashion their course provision to match projected economic needs, thereby training their learners with skills that will be needed in the future.
Using case studies from leading colleges, our presentation will explore how local labour market information is being used to ensure courses meet current and projected employment demand. We will also look at how LMI can provide compelling evidence to support a student’s educational decision making. Both of these are necessary for setting a relevant career direction and developing skill sets that will give a learner the best chance to quickly enter and successfully progress through the local labour market and further drive local economies.
For more information about EMSI’s role at the conference, please contact Andy Durman (firstname.lastname@example.org).