CXK is a charitable organisation which aims to support children, young people, adults and families in the South East with advice, guidance and skills to help them to progress into education, employment and training. One of their partner organisations is The National Careers Service, and together they have just released a series of booklets for schools and colleges throughout the South-East Local Enterprise Partnership, aimed at giving young people insight into their local labour market.
The booklets, which are entitled The World of Work, have been produced for East Sussex, Kent and Medway, and Greater Essex and are being distributed free to all schools in these areas. Each one contains advice including how to search for a job, how to apply for a job and the different routes into work. But what marks these booklets out from ordinary careers booklets is that alongside the advice, there is also great use of Labour Market Information. Using Emsi data, the booklets highlight trends in a number of key industries in each region, including forecasted occupation growth, median wage expectations, in-demand occupations, and a snapshot of local companies in the sector. Below is an example of the Life Sciences section in the booklet for Kent and Medway:
These guides look set to be a great way of communicating opportunities to young people, a point made by CXK’s Inspiration Manager, Munya Badze:
“Much has been made recently about the gap between the available opportunities and aspirations of young people. Good quality Labour Market Information, which is easy to understand, is a way of addressing this. It is our aim that, by producing these booklets and distributing them to schools throughout the South-East, we can provide young people with the information and skills they need to accurately plan their next step once they leave education.”
You can take a look at the booklet for East Sussex here. For more information about how you can use Emsi data to inform young people of the labour market in their area, contact Martyn Gerard at firstname.lastname@example.org