Our belief is that the key problem driving the skills gap is a disconnect between the way people, employers and education providers define and communicate skills terms to one another. To overcome this, we have created a Language of Skills that helps us better define:
- The skills people have
- The skills employers need
- The skills education providers teach
We have created this Language of Skills by extracting skills terms from millions of employer job postings and worker profiles that sit within our Analyst data tool, and then compiling them into the Emsi Skills Library — an open-access resource containing more than 35,000 skills terms relating to the world of work, which is updated every two weeks to add new skills, and to remove any which have become obsolete. To make this huge collection of skills terms comprehensible, we have then grouped the 35,000+ terms into Skills Clusters, according to the sorts of jobs and groups of jobs they tend to be found in.
Introducing UK Skills Match
These Skills Clusters provide the foundation for an exciting new prototype tool, which is aimed at helping careers and employability advisers provide personalised advice to their customers based on their “Skills Shape”. UK Skills Match has been built as part of our participation in the Nesta CareerTech Challenge, representing the next generation in personalised, skills-based, career planning by matching the skills a person has gained through their work history, to common skills clusters in the labour market, and then identifying best fit local job opportunities and/or skills gaps to plug.
The short introductory video below will help you get a feel for why we’ve built the tool, what it can do, and how it could be used by advisors to help their customers identify the skills they have acquired, the jobs that are most closely aligned to this cluster of skills, and where there might be gaps that can be filled by upskilling or retraining:
The good news is that we are granting free access to the tool, which you can request by clicking on the button below, and going through to our dedicated Emsi Skills page. There you’ll find a number of free-to-access tools, including the Skills Library, a Skills Extractor, and a Skills API, with Skills Match at the bottom of the page.