Next Monday and Tuesday sees the annual National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS) conference. This year’s event, which is being held at the Marriott City Centre Hotel in Bristol, will feature a mixture of keynote speakers, including Phil Packer MBE of the British Inspiration Trust, and Nick Linford of Lsect, along with a number of workshop sessions over the two days.
Having hosted a successful workshop at last year’s conference — “Putting labour market information at the heart of careers planning” — we are exhibiting at this year’s conference, and we will also be hosting another workshop, this time with the theme, “Create a career vision using local labour market insight”.
The need for colleges to explore new ways of connecting learners with occupations has never been greater, with employers and business organisations continually highlighting the fact that there just aren’t enough people with the right skills in the labour market. It might seem bleak, but for any forward thinking college, the situation presents tremendous opportunities to explore innovative ways of bridging the gap between young learners and the needs of employers.
In our presentation, Andy Durman, will demonstrate one such innovative solution to this problem: Labour Market Information (LMI). Through a series of case studies focussing on colleges who have implemented our Career Coach tool into their careers service, Andy will show how good LMI can be harnessed by colleges to support a wide range of careers and guidance activities, providing both current and prospective students with an understanding of employment trends, earnings prospects, skills requirements and links to live job vacancies.
If you are planning to attend the conference, feel free to come and see us on our stand where we will be happy to demonstrate how Career Coach and good LMI can provide you with innovative solutions to the problem of addressing the skills gap in your area.
For more information on Career Coach, or any other of our tools, please contact Andy Durman (firstname.lastname@example.org).