29 May 2014
A forward thinking local authority is using
information sharing to help its young people boost their prospects
in the world of work and training.
North Lanarkshire Council Education Development Officer Michael
Dolan says: "By confirming the SDS data with our own baseline
information, we know young people's destinations when they leave
school which allows us to inform schools of specific growth sectors
with key economic drivers in mind."
Because the data hub provides real time updates, it is current
and pro-active, as Michael explains. "The top three occupation
sectors for school leavers in North Lanarkshire are retail, sales
and marketing; hospitality and catering; and construction," he
"It's a matter of concern that engineering, for example, is in
the bottom three. By using the data hub, we get an accurate picture
that allows us to evaluate and improve what we are offering young
people." Crucially, the local authority then takes the information
back to the schools.
"We disseminate job opportunities directly to schools and
identify where there are future employment opportunities with
economic development," he adds. "For example, we work with partners
to gather the most up-to-date information from the hub to alert
young people to the opportunities available. The data hub also has
the potential to help us plan future course provision for school