According to the Ofsted’s Further Education and Skills Handbook, one of the things their inspectors will be looking for colleges to evidence under the new Education Inspection Framework will be:
“Any information provided about the destinations to which their learners progress when they leave the provider.”
This presents something of a problem for providers, since finding evidence beyond the immediate post-qualification destination is not exactly easy. Destination capture is often limited in detail, with short-term destinations not always a good indication of where successful qualified learners find their long term career path, whilst some of the longer-term data gives little detail on the content of what qualified learners go on to do.
Our new Professional Profiles data, captured on an opt-in basis from recruitment portal operators, helps overcome some of these hurdles by giving a richness to understanding the kinds of jobs that qualified learners have done. As with any data source, it has its limitations, including biases in who appears through recruitment portals, and how they describe their education. However, what we have done to mitigate this problem is to benchmark the data against more than half a million profiles from across leading FE colleges. Below is a quick snapshot of the kind of insight we’re talking about below, using 4,465 profiles from a college, which we have anonymised by giving it the fictional name, Littlemore College.
First off, we can compare the college’s profiles to FE across Britain as a whole, in order to see which jobs the college’s alumni specialise in. The chart below shows this at the 1-Digit Standard Occupation Classification (SOC 1) level, with each occupation category given a benchmark of 1 for the whole country. As you can see, Littlemore College’s alumni have a particularly strong presence in Process, plant and machine operatives, with a specialisation index of 2.39, indicating that former students are found in jobs in this occupation group 139% more than is the case for former FE students across the nation as a whole:
The same exercise can also be run at a much more granular level of data. In the chart below, we have done this at the 3-Digit SOC level for all occupations where there are 10 or more professional profiles. The data here is much more detailed, giving a better sense of the individual jobs favoured by former Littlemore College students. Leading the field are Transport associate professionals and Other drivers and transport operatives, with relative specialisations of 14.11 and 12.55 respectively. Process operatives, and Metal forming, welding and related trades are also very significant:
Finally, we can take a look at the actual skills that Littlemore College alumni are using. What we have done is to take the descriptions used by the college’s alumni to talk about their skills, and categorise it through a rich skills taxonomy, covering several thousand different skills, including common skills, as well as more specific, technical skills. The chart below shows the technical skills being used by former Littlemore College students, and again this has been benchmarked against FE profiles from across the whole country. As the chart shows, the top three specialisms of former Littlemore College students, relative to all other former FE students, are Photojournalism, Crisis Communications and Storytelling:
To find out more about our Professional Profiles data, contact us today.