On Gatsby’s initiative, in 2013 the UKCES developed the ‘LMI for All’ tool, which connects existing sources of high-quality, reliable LMI with the aim of informing careers decisions. Rather than act as a website that presents data to young people, LMI for All makes data freely available to web developers to create tools to support career guidance. This service presents a powerful opportunity to give high-quality, up-to-date, labour market information to young people making decisions about their future. Innovative approaches to using LMI are emerging from the North East Good Career Guidance pilot and we will be looking to share these insights with schools and colleges across the country.
The government now publishes pupil destination data – the information about where students go onto after they leave school or college – as a headline accountability measure. This is a positive step in helping schools prioritise career guidance. We also see pupil destination data as useful information for individual institutions to evaluate and improve their own career guidance programmes. Schools and colleges in the North East pilot are establishing new approaches to using destination data and we intend to share this good practice with policy makers, key stakeholders and education institutions across the country.