Here at EMSI, we believe that a skilled, well-prepared workforce is a necessary catalyst to drive economic prosperity. And the successful development of that workforce requires the right training, recruiting, hiring, and planning.
These activities largely depend on our ability to process data that illuminates many facets of employment and human capital — which is where EMSI comes in. EMSI exists to help you access, understand, and apply this data to your world, enabling you to better help your organization and the people you serve. Our goal is essentially to grease the wheels so people can find the right training and the right careers faster.
For the past 10 years, we’ve been developing data, building user-friendly tools, and providing training and support. Now we are excited to announce the launch of a new EMSI Certification Program for our labor market tools, so our users can gain the knowledge and insight they need to create even better results.
The Big Data Conundrum
Why are we doing this, anyway? We live more and more in a world of Big Data — data that is too difficult to understand and interpret without significant processing power, but that is helpful insofar as we can understand and apply it to key questions. What industries should we focus on? What training programs make sense? What occupations does our region specialize in?
As a result, Big Data can be a powerful force in the development of objective and realistic approaches to important everyday questions. It speeds up decision-making and helps us get past the paralysis that often afflicts our businesses. Thus, those who invest in and apply data have a competitive advantage over those who don’t. For just a little of the large body of evidence supporting this claim, watch this video by McKinsey’s David Court.
But here is the sticking point: using data comes with a learning curve, and many of us don’t have the time it takes to truly learn what they need to know to be confident. EMSI’s client services department already exists to help fill this need, but now we are upping the ante with a new, formalized certification program to close that learning curve gap even quicker.
EMSI Certification Goals
The EMSI Certification Program is based on client requests, with three primary goals for our users.
1. Shorten the learning curve.
We will use training sessions, online learning, and the expertise of our subject matter experts to get you and your organization up to speed so you can become a true data pro.
2. Turn data into results.
Simply having data isn’t the point. You have to know how to use it. The EMSI Certification Program will enable you to unlock the potential of data for your organization, putting you in a position to turn that data into better results for the people you serve.
3. Become EMSI Certified!
After becoming EMSI Certified, not only will you have advanced knowledge of EMSI’s data and be able to move efficiently through Analyst and our other tools, but your experience and insight with data will provide you with a new, highly marketable skill that you can carry with you throughout your career. Employers, feeling the Big Data crunch, need more and more people qualified and able to work with numbers on jobs and the economy. EMSI Certification puts you in a position to fill that need.
At the 2013 EMSI Conference in October, we will launch the certification program and gather feedback. If you haven’t registered yet, please come! We would love to have you with us.
We’ll be announcing further details and information about EMSI Certification as the conference approaches, so stay tuned for updates. To make sure you stay in the loop, please contact Rob Sentz.