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IER Newsletter - February 2018
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Invitation to speak at OECD meeting

IER’s Director, Chris Warhurst, has been invited to speak at the OECD’s annual Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) meeting.
Speaking along with Richard Garrett of the UK Government’s Department for Education, the session will focus on putting skills utilisation into practice. The meeting takes place at the OECD in Paris over 17-18 May.

'Working Futures' review

Alex Hall, Director and Chief Economist in the Department of Labor and Employment for the state of Colorado, visited IER in February. Alex is an expert advisor to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics in the US and works with Professor Rob Wilson to review Working Futures, IER’s flagship programme modelling the UK labour market and funded by the UK Government.

Turning career policy into practical solutions

Sally-Anne Barnes was part of the first Start Roadshow 'Turning careers policy into practical solutions' on 26 January. The event hosted by JP Morgan was aimed at helping schools and colleges translate the recent careers guidance strategy into practical solutions and deliver on outcomes for young people.
Sally-Anne provided an overview of her work at IER on careers, and presented on LMI for All.
The LMI for All service provides access to reliable labour market information and underpins the information provided in Start. Andy Pickles (CEO, U-Explore) talks more about the Start event in his blog.
Sally-Anne and Daria Luchinskaya are currently working with the Start team to capture data relating to the effectiveness of careers information and guidance, drive improved personalisation for Start users and provide evidence of what works.

Discussing Precarious Pathways to Employment

IER's Kate Purcell and Peter Elias presented preliminary findings from the ESRC-funded Precarious Pathways to Employment project at the annual networking event of CREW Network (Connecting Research on Employment and Work) at the University of Warwick on January 31st. The audience included fellow academics, postgraduate students and practitioners working with young people in the Midlands.

New PhD studentship: Employer engagement with apprenticeships

With Professor Mel Simms of Glasgow University, Chris Warhurst has secured a collaborative PhD studentship with Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. The research will focus on explaining employer engagement with apprenticeships and will start in autumn 2018. The studentship will be based at Glasgow University and will be advertised shortly. (Image courtesy of Lego Grad Student.)

New projects


Job creation by organisation type: Cooperatives in selected European countries - Eurofound

SEND and post-16 provision for employment - Department for Education

Find more information on IER's current projects.
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