The purpose of this Cutting-Edge event is to start a conversation between those working in the field of labour market intelligence (LMI) and those using this data and insights to inform their work with clients (practitioners).

Career practitioners often hold diverse views on the role of LMI and aren’t always sure how to interpret LMI information in a meaningful way. As workplaces and labour markets are impacted by economic disruption and government policies it can seem a real challenge to kept abreast of what is happening, and what might be relevant for future career opportunities.

So, what is the role of a career practitioner in this context and how can practice be informed in a meaningful way?


By the end of the event, participants will have:

Considered the nature and role of LMI in career practice
Explored some of the myths that exist in relation to predicted workplace patterns and future trends
Learned about how to use LMI data to build insights
Insights about the best sources of LMI data
Reflected on the ‘political’ nature of LMI


13.30 -13.35                       Introductions and welcome – chaired by Rosemary McLean

13.35 -14.25                       How do we know what’s going on in the labour market? – Emma Pollard and Wendy Hirsh

Emma and Wendy will provide some provocation and insights about what we mean by ‘labour market information, its main dimensions, and what sources provide a quick but reliable picture of what is going on.

They will also explore how to become more critical users of information, to challenge the myths, and help our clients gain a better understanding of employment trends and opportunities.

14.25 - 15.00                      Information to intelligence to insight – Charlie Ball

Charlie will draw upon his 20 years’ experience in labour market information, intelligence, and insights to look at the current and emerging challenges in the UK labour market. He will explore how our small band of labour market specialists turn the raw data that is all around us into usable information for careers professionals- turning stats into a narrative. He’ll also help us to consider which sources are reliable and usable, and where are the gaps

15.00 pm                             Break

15.15- 15.50                       The politics of LMI, ‘bias’ and regional differentiation – Keith Herrmann

Keith will explore the ‘politics’ of LMI and what it means in light of the government’s proposals regarding the value of graduate outcomes, its messaging on degrees of ‘value' and how LMI ‘bias’ impacts on levelling up and regional differentiation. The presentation will also look at LMI for different industry sectors, and the picture it paints potentially to young people about the choices they could make about careers, subjects to study and industries to consider for their future careers.

15.50 – 16.30                     Break outs & Panel Discussion.  – Rosemary McLean


You can find further information and register to attend on the CDI site here: CDI Cutting Edge Event April 2022

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