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IER newsletter - December 2015

IER Newsletter - December 2015

This month...Seasons Greetings from IER


New Projects



New EU Skills Panorama Launched



The new EU Skills Panorama - brought to you by the European Commission and powered by Cedefop - was launched on 1 December. In the launch video, James Calleja, Director of Cedefop, highlighted that the Skills Panorama "combines labour market data and expert knowledge with powerful technology that enables you to surf Europe's skills landscape for information and data to find intelligence and evidence to enable informed decisions and choices about skills in Europe." The Skills Panorama "places the best available information on skills and the labour market in Europe at your fingertips".

The new Skills Panorama provides a more comprehensive and user-friendly central access point for information and intelligence on skill needs in occupations and sectors across Europe. Data can be explored by skills themes, sectors, occupations and countries. It is intended primarily for policy-makers and experts, providing them with a tool for developing evidence-based education and training and planning policy, including measures to tackle labour market mismatches.

IER is pleased to be a part of a Consortium supporting Cedefop by providing data analysis and intelligence on skills and labour markets for the new Skills Panorama. This consortium is composed of Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, Cambridge Econometrics, RAND Europe and the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research. For further details of IER's involvement, contact: Terence Hogarth or Lynn Gambin.


Capturing data on school leavers' destinations

In October, Terence Hogarth attended the joint Gatsby / ASCL (Assocation of School and College Leaders) workshop exploring how to best capture data on the destinations of school leavers.

Intra-European mobile graduates

Heike Behle was invited to present findings on the early pathways of Intra-European mobile graduates at the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Employability, Enterprise and Work-based Learning Network Meeting. The meeting, held in London on 13 November, focused on international aspects of employability and enterprise. The full list of speakers and presentations from the event can be found here. A podcast of Heike's presentation is also available on itunes.

16-19 Summit Medway

Sally-Anne Barnes gave a keynote on 'The Future of the Labour Market' and introduced LMI for All to participants at the 16-19 Medway Summit organised by Medway Youth Trust on 17 November. The Summit brought together leaders from education, business, economic regeneration, targeted support and youth services and VCS organisation to discuss issues facing young people's participation in learning and employment.

Emerging results from Paths2Work presented to House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility

Anne Green was invited to present oral evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility on 18 November. The Select Committee is investigating the transition from school to work of young people, focusing particularly on those young people who fall between those taking the A-level and university route, and those who are classified as not in employment, education or training (NEETs). Anne was able to highlight some emerging findings from the research team working on the ESRC-funded Pathways2Work project. The transcript of the Select Committee session is available here.

Paths2Work: Second Midlands Youth Labour Market Forum

The Second Midlands Youth Labour Market Forum (MYLMF) took place at the University of Aston on 25 November. The Paths2Work team presented the preliminary findings from the Paths2Work project to an audience comprised of practitioners, policymakers and others with a professional interest in young people’s employment, training and educational opportunities. Regional stakeholders also provided short presentations relevant to the interests of MYLMF members. Further information about the event and the presentation from the Paths2Work team are available here.

Sally-Anne Barnes presents at the Westminster Employment Forum on careers

On 3 December, Sally-Anne Barnes was invited to speak at the Westminster Employment Forum 'The future for careers education, advice and guidance in England for schools and for adults'. Sally-Anne spoke about useful guidance from a client's perspective, raising labour market awareness and sharing good practice on labour market information using the LMI for All project as an example. Event presenters, including Sam Gyimah MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary for Childcare and Education, Department of Education) and delegates discussed further steps that can be taken to improve the standard of careers advice and guidance in England.

Click here for more information on the event. A seminar publication, including transcripts of the event's presentations, slides and further articles by speakers, is also available.

Cedefop Conference on Skills and Jobs

Terence Hogarth attended Cedefop’s Maximising Skills for Jobs and Jobs for Skills conference on 7 and 8 December in Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference brought together academics and policy makers for two days of invigorating discussion about how to best meet emerging skill demands in Europe. A recap of the conference can be read here.



Apprenticeships and gender - just the statistics

Lynn Gambin and Terence Hogarth have produced a new research comment providing an overview of participation in Apprenticeships by gender. They highlight differences between men and women and how these may factor into observed differences in the labour market more widely, especially the gender pay gap. This piece, Apprenticeships and Gender: Just the statistics, and previous articles in the series can be found here.

Employer involvement and engagement

Anne Green, Gaby Atfield and Sally-Anne Barnes have had a report published on Employer Involvement and Engagement drawing on thematic research from the national evaluation of the Big Lottery Talent Match initiative, which IER is involved in alongside CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University. Download the full report here.

Business Class Evaluation

On 26 November, Business in the Community published its report, Destiny should not be determined by demography, which considers the impact of school-business partnerships on young people’s employability, as well as the effects of such partnerships on schools and businesses. The report is based on research carried out by Terence Hogarth and Lynn Gambin at IER that aimed to assess the impact of employer-engagement activities, the uplift of employability skills and added-value impact on pupils of the Business Class programme. This research was carried out over the past two years in conjunction with Education and Employers Research.

Download the full IER evaluation report, The Evaluation of Business Class: Final Report.

New journal articles

Anne Green, Gaby Atfield and Kate Purcell have just had a journal article published (ifirst) Green, A., Atfield, G. and Purcell, K. (2015) 'Fuelling displacement and labour market segmentation in low-skilled jobs? Insights from a local study of migrant and student employment', Environment and Planning A, DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15614327. The abstract can be found here.

Clare Lyonette
has just published an article (online first) entitled: 'Part-time work, work-life balance and gender equality', as part of a special issue in the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. The article was based on material from the Quality Part-Time Work project which was undertaken at IER with Beate Baldauf and Heike Behle and the abstract is available here.


New Projects

Intergenerational Worklessness and Fragile Employment funded by Public Policy Institute Wales

Low Skilled Adults: Achievement of Outcomes funded by Prospects Limited

For more information on these or any other IER projects please get in touch.

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