AoC Create, the commercial subsidiary of the Association of Colleges, are hosting a Business Development Conference at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on 27th February 2014. The conference is aimed at college business development managers and those responsible for business development decisions, and seeks to provide a strategic and practical perspective on issues such as developing alternative sources of income, apprenticeship provision, and improving employer engagement.
Increasingly, a college’s success in business development will be at least partly determined by how well it understands the local labour market in which it operates. The old supply-side model of churning out learners into the community is rapidly becoming untenable, being replaced by a demand-led model where colleges strive to respond effectively to the needs of their local labour market. Those colleges that best engage with the needs of their local economy will therefore be the ones best placed to develop effective business development strategies. But to engage with the needs of your local economy, you first need to understand what those needs are.
The overarching aim of EMSI is to provide people and organisations with data and services that help them understand their local economy, so that they are better placed to promote economic prosperity in their communities. Within the FE sector, our aim is to help colleges get to grips with their local labour markets, so that they might be in a position to make a difference to their business and to their students.
For these reasons, EMSI will be taking a stand at the conference, and in addition to this, our VP for UK Operations, Andy Durman, will be leading one of the afternoon breakout sessions (Session 2.2 at 3:30pm). Andy’s presentation — Using Labour Market Information to Drive New Business Development — will seek to show how high quality market intelligence is a crucial component of achieving business development goals. By drawing on case studies where colleges have used Labour Market Information to great effect, Andy will demonstrate how good, innovative data solutions can help colleges better understand the skills needs of local employers and so drive new business opportunities.
Andy has a wealth of experience in labour market and demographic analysis within the further and higher education sectors in the UK, and is passionate about helping colleges and universities to shape their provision to meet the needs of their community and give their students the best chance to succeed and gain sustainable employment. If you share this passion, the session should be greatly beneficial to you. We hope to see you there.
For further information, or to find out more about EMSI’s data and tools, please contact Andy Durman (email@example.com)