- Emsi is hosting a panel at the CloseIt Summit: “Using Data to Get Employers, Higher Ed, and Regional Developers on the Same Page,” 10:40 – 11:55 am, Tuesday, September 26, Palmer House, Chicago.
- The conference is about bringing together the major players at one event so we can continue to discuss how to get people into good jobs and how good jobs can find the right people.
- This aligns with Emsi’s vision and the way we serve the needs of educators, employers, and regions.
The next CloseIt conference kicks off Monday, September 25, in Chicago. We’ve really valued this event. It is one of the few that brings the major players—students/jobseekers, educators/trainers, and employers—together, which is Emsi’s true passion. We believe that in order to solve the skills gap (and other problems), we need to align people, economies, and work. If we want to create a coordinated economic and workforce ecosystem, this is a great place to start.
Here’s our approach.
Students and Jobseekers
People need to find good work. As individuals, we strive for economic prosperity because it means we are supporting ourselves and our families, and are valuable contributors in our communities. Today, the path to prosperity usually takes us through some sort of postsecondary education and training. The problem here is that the education system and the world of employment is a black box to many young people, parents, and jobseekers. They wander through it without purpose. Through Career Coach and Find Your Calling, Emsi strives to provide these young people with the data they need to see how their strengths and interests relate to employment and education.
Higher Ed and Workforce Investment
We shouldn’t think of education as mere job-training. Rather, the goal of the education is to provide foundational knowledge, skills, and raw-problem solving abilities that will help students and jobseekers enter the labor market with employable skills. For the past 20 years, we have seen smart education and workforce systems do three things very well:
- Use data to understand the local economic context and align programs to the needs of the labor market so that students take that first step with confidence. See this recent case study from Montgomery College in Maryland.
- Communicate with students about the relationship between education and employment. See how Florida State College succeeds in this area.
- Quantify and discuss how well they are doing by looking at student outcomes and the return on investment for communities. Read another success story from Montgomery.
Finally, in the world of employment, success is all about finding the right people. The primary impediment to growth is often a lack of talent. To find the right workers, employers need data-informed knowledge about where the people are, whether there’s competition for the talent, how much to pay according to the market, and how to reach those they want to hire. Employers are now using data to make a host of strategic decisions, including—
- Researching the right markets for talent
- Finding campuses with the right programs to recruit from
- Understanding workforce diversity by market
- Discerning the competitive landscape in terms of talent
- Knowing workforce availability based on the number of workers in a region and their compensation levels
Here’s a little video to illustrate.
This year we have the pleasure of sharing our insight on how to bring these three economic groups together in a session titled “Using Data to Get Employers, Higher Ed, and Regional Developers on the Same Page,” 10:40-11:55 on Tuesday, September 26. We hope you can join us!
Our goal is to demonstrate how the world of HR can use data to improve their approach to finding talent in the workforce, on college campuses, and in the workforce investment system. We will also discuss how data on labor markets, job ads, and résumés can help employers, educators, students, and jobseekers connect.
Our presentation features a great panel:
Catherine Gihlstorf, senior manager at SAS. Catherine cultivates relationships with traditional and non-traditional education providers to expand the variety and access of learning paths for developing analytically skilled individuals at all levels. This is a big deal because SAS is at the forefront of the data science movement and has a great deal of familiarity with the development of educational programs and partnerships with universities and community colleges that help people enter key analytics careers. As we’ve discussed, data science skills and the ability to turn massive datasets into actionable insight is a top issue for employers today.
Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence for CompTIA, the world’s leading tech association and certification provider. At CompTIA, Tim publishes a wide range of reports, briefs, and data analysis to make sense of the ever-changing tech landscape. CompTIA’s Cyberstates report is recognized as the definitive guide to tech workforce trends, economic impact, innovation, and more. Tim will discuss how CompTIA’s education and training and how the skills they provide are helping people enter the labor market and are getting employers the critical talent they need.
Andrew Crapuchettes, CEO of Emsi, a labor market analytics firm that uses data to bring people, education, and employers closer together by illuminating critical economic and workforce data. Andrew is currently working on several new projects that will help the world of HR make much better decisions about talent and the workforce: (1) new compensation data to help HR professionals understand the availability of workers in different job areas by compensation, (2) the supply and demand of workers based on postings and résumés, and (3) the best schools and locations to find talent.
If you’d like to set up a meeting to discuss what you are working on, let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn or on Twitter @desktopecon and @robsentz.