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1 What can job search look like in the future? Carole Still Coventry University London Campus 1 11 Dec 2013 Digital innovation in job search – enabling tools for the furthest from work

2 Coming up… 1.Current toolbox test 2.National Grid case study 3.The Perfect Storm (of exclusion) 4.Employability – “Triangular tensions” 5.A better tool for the future 2 wwwOEStandard.org

3 Current Toolbox Test Q.1 What are A-levels for? “The purpose of A-levels is to prepare people for university” wwwOEStandard.org 3 Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education July 2010 - Festival of Education speech

4 “A good grade in English GCSE proves that a person possesses good communication skills” wwwOEStandard.org 4 In conversation with an ex Secretary of State for Education Dec 2012 Current Toolbox Test Q.2 What is a good proxy for a person’s communication skills?

5 wwwOEStandard.org 5 Current Toolbox Test Q.3 What 3 things do these 2 people* have in common? * and many others in Government and opposition 1) Passionate about improving outcomes for young people 2) Conviction that academic grades = employability

6 wwwOEStandard.org 6 Current Toolbox Test Q.4 What do employers want/need grades to be capable of? A proxy for workplace effectivness (a.k.a. “Employability”)

7 wwwOEStandard.org 7 Current Toolbox Test Q.5 Are GCSEs, A-levels, degrees etc. good proxies for employability? … but it’s the only convenient, recognised and quantitative tool employers have at their disposal

8 National Grid wwwOEStandard.org 8 9000 Applicants 38 Vacancies We can’t even read 9000 CVs! So (reluctantly) grade-based screening it is

9 The Perfect Storm (of exclusion) wwwOEStandard.org 9 Grade inflation “We already embed employability in our curriculum” 25 years of CBI surveys (saying the same thing) You get what you measure, but who measures employability? Lack of tools beyond grades - which aren’t fit for purpose Career academics teaching work skills ➜ Youth disengage from a game they don’t feel able to play or feel is not relevant to their life chances

10 wwwOEStandard.org 10 100% Employers - We need it 75% Universities - Not our job 82% Employers - It’s your job 96% Educationalists - We give it 18% Students - We get it Employability - Triangular Tensions CBI / UUK Future Fit (2009)

11 Future toolbox must: wwwOEStandard.org 11 Be Employer led and defined Be Compatible with academic practice Have Buy-in from, and responsibility shared by: Students and young job seekers Academia Employers Solve the “GCSE as proxy” problem Provide Fresh opportunity for young job seekers & those furthest from the market

12 Open Employability Standard wwwOEStandard.org 12 1.Define Employability 2.Train & Assess Employability 3.Hire Employability

13 1. Define Employability Competing employability taxonomies everywhere but… “There is no generally accepted skills taxonomy” – EU Commission report, 2011 "Break down skills into smaller parts until they are no longer disagreed on“ - Proposal from JISC CETIS conference, 2005 wwwOEStandard.org 13 Crowd source a superset 2 levels deeper than CBI list of employability skills

14 2. Train & Assess Employability Learning outcomes & assessment criteria Tutors and trainers can train 2 levels down Not a single grade, but a “vector” of grades wwwOEStandard.org 14

15 3. Hire Employability wwwOEStandard.org 15 If employers are open enough to make their role weightings public, then applicants can self- select which roles to apply for. e.g. A ‘pass’ for KPMG, but a fail for McDonalds” oestandard.org/demo

16 No more job description clichés! “Self-motivated, problem solving team-player, who is dynamic and results oriented …..” wwwOEStandard.org 16 Employers decide the weighting of each role specific employability skills screen applicants accordingly.

17 What can we create? wwwOEStandard.org 17 “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” A flexible, public domain taxonomy of employability skills created by employers and used by teachers, students/job-seekers, and employers alike. Quantifying the “unquantifiable” is hard … but it’s not rocket science!

18 Thank You 18 carole.still@culc.coventry.ac.uk and carole.still@oesalliance.org And exercise the “best of your energies and skills” at: www.oestandard.org


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