In our recent case study on Leeds City College, we highlighted the many innovative ways the College is using our Labour Market Information (LMI), including as part of a successful bid for €650,000 of funds from Erasmus+ for KA1 Mobility for VET Learners & Staff. Since then, the College has received more good news from Erasmus+, with the awarding of VET Mobility Charter (VMC) status. Once again Emsi data has played a strong part in their success.
VMC is an accreditation award, given to organisations which have a “proven track record of delivering high quality mobility placements for staff and/or learners in VET”.
To gain the recognition, the College had to submit a European Internationalisation strategy, outlining how they intend to broaden mobility activities to 2020. Throughout their application, they included a strong emphasis on their use of LMI, and this was noted positively by the awarding body:
“The European Internationalisation Strategy is clearly contextualised and thorough, and the fact that developments are seen not only in terms of expansion of participant places, is excellent.”
In particular, the College used LMI to show how they link EU placement opportunities with UK national and regional market demand, in order to enhance the ability of students to acquire the skills and competencies sought by UK & EU employers. This strong commitment to linking placements with local and regional demand, along with the granular detail provided by the LMI, clearly impressed the award assessors:
“This application makes a compelling case for the award of the Charter. The applicant has submitted a comprehensive, detailed and well-structured future mobility plan and outlook, that takes into consideration many factors, both within the mobility and College environment, and also within the local city and regional environment. The College’s analysis of LMI has informed mobility activities…their ongoing mobility expansion, in regards to mobility types, confirms this.”
Having seen their investment in Emsi data paying off in two successful applications – one a bid for funds and now a bid for accreditation – the College’s Research & Bid Development Manager, Rachel Mather, has no doubt of the value that it is bringing to the College:
“We’re delighted to have received VET mobility charter status in recognition of our commitment to providing high quality EU staff & student placements. Reference to our use of Analyst & LMI to inform mobility activities will no doubt have provided the Assessors with the assurance that LMI is integral to the planning & execution of projects.”