Labour market information: guidance for schools

“Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.”
Gatsby Benchmark 2, Good Careers Guidance, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

How often do we draw on our existing knowledge of jobs and careers without thinking about how work is evolving, what the new and emerging jobs are and which jobs will be in demand in the years to come? Of course, no one can predict the future but if some of the jobs available today weren’t around six or seven years ago, we need to be preparing young people for the jobs that will be on offer to them as they enter their first few years in the world of work.

For a while now there has been a mismatch between the careers that young people aspire to and the opportunities available. Up-to-date labour market information (LMI) or labour market intelligence – the interpretation of labour market data and statistics which gives it more meaning – will help a young person become ‘career-ready’.

With the added guidance of a qualified careers adviser (LMI can often be hard to make sense of), young people can make informed decisions about the jobs or training available to them when they leave, improving social mobility and progression outcomes.

Careers leaders in schools and colleges will need to plan for how careers and labour market information will fit into their careers programmes in line with DfE Statutory Guidance and the Gatsby Benchmarks which each school needs to achieve by 2020.

I have delivered numerous presentations and workshops around how schools can effectively integrate LMI into their career planning, particularly around implementing Gatsby Benchmark 2 which also include an overview of the current labour market. If you think your school would benefit from further guidance or training support on this area, please get in touch.