The keynote address at the HE Advisers’ Conference at Southampton Solent University last week was given by our VP for UK Operations, Andy Durman. The event, which included interactive workshops and faculty information sessions, focussed on the latest developments and innovations both within Higher Education as a whole, and also specifically at Southampton Solent.
Our work with Southampton Solent fits into both these categories. In many ways the University is a pioneer institution, being one of the first Higher Education establishments in the country to recognise the need to move away from a supply-driven operational model, where universities churn out learners into the workforce, to a more demand-led approach, where the needs of the local community and region are better understood and taken into account in curriculum planning. The latter approach requires in-depth knowledge of the local labour market, which is why Solent turned to EMSI for our Labour Market Information expertise. The partnership has been very fruitful, through our Career Coach tool, and our consultancy work, both of which you can read more about here and here.
Andy’s presentation — Labour Market Trends and the Local Graduate Picture — focussed on the role that Labour Market Information can play in supporting and shaping skills and careers planning, as well as including some interesting information about the labour market in and around the Solent region. You can access the slides from Andy’s presentation here.
For more information about Labour Market Information, contact Andy Durman on email@example.com