As part of our aim to get the message of the power and usefulness of Labour Market Information (LMI) into as many colleges as possible, we recently put on a couple of regional showcase events, one in the Midlands and one in the South. The Midlands event was held at Bournville College, Birmingham on 25th June around the theme “The use of LMI in the FE Sector”, whilst the Southern event was held at Brooklands College, Surrey on 10th July around the theme “Curriculum, Careers & Community Impact: How LMI can shape your college’s strategic vision.”
Both events saw attendees from a number of colleges turning up to see a variety of presentations across a range of functions including Student Services, Marketing, Curriculum Planning & Employer Engagement.
The presentations given at Bournville, were as follows:
– The event kicked off with EMSI’s Andy Liddell (pictured left) giving an introduction to EMSI — who we are, what we do and why we do it.
– This was followed by Ben Owen, Head of Student Services at Chesterfield College, who told the audience how the College has introduced a Guidance & Assessment stage to their careers guidance, which all applicants receive when they come to the college. A major part of this includes career research tools such as EMSI’s Career Coach.
– Sheffield College’s Assistant Principal of Strategic Development, Peter Harrison then spoke about the College’s aim to align their curriculum to the needs of the local labour market, and how they have incorporated LMI from our Analyst tool as part of their strategy.
– Finally, Anthony Horne from EMSI spoke about the wider use of LMI in colleges, particularly in the area of measuring and improving economic impact.
The Brooklands event likewise saw a good variety of presentations:
– EMSI’s Andy Durman talked about the future direction of EMSI, mentioning our new consultancy services, product enhancements and a new certification programme which has been introduced in the US and will soon be brought over to the UK.
– Gail Walker, Deputy Principal at Brooklands College, spoke about how they have used their Economic Impact Study for bid writing, governor engagement and conversations with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
– Martin Carr, Head of Milton Keynes College Intelligence Unit talked about how the College is using LMI from Analyst to form reports for heads of departments, and how it has been built into curriculum planning and bid writing. One particularly interesting use of LMI at the College is in the area of offender learning.
– Stepping in for Chichester College’s Vicki Illingworth, who was unfortunately unable to make the event, EMSI’s Dave Wakefield gave a presentation on how Chichester College has incorporated Career Coach into their “Positive About Futures” careers service, and how the tool is being used in the College’s marketing and engagement with local schools.
– EMSI’s Consulting Economist, Yash Senturk, gave more details about our new consulting offer, which includes different levels of consultancy tailored to support the differing needs of colleges as they try to get a better handle on their local labour market.
– Finally, EMSI’s Dave Wakefield stepped up once again to talk about how Career Coach can be used in college marketing. Focussing on how the tool can be optimised on a colleges website, Dave mentioned Sinclair College in the US as an example of a college that has done this to great effect.
Both events generated a good deal of discussion afterwards with attendees sharing best practice. The slides from these events can be accessed by clicking on the links above (please note that Gail Walker did not use slides for her presentation, and so there is no link available).