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Monthly CPD Newsletter - March 2017

14 03.17

LMI – bringing it to life

This month’s newsletter explores labour market information, and ways to make it useful, relevant and local for your clients. Activities here are simply ideas and are not compulsory. You can choose to do some, all or none; it won’t affect your membership of the CDI whether you take up these ideas or not, although they do reflect good practice.

If you are on the Register then undertaking 25 hours of CPD each year is a condition of your registration.

If you are a member then undertaking CPD helps you to adhere to the Continuous Professional Development principle in the CDI Code of Ethics.

Each month, we will suggest CPD activities which will allow you to explore a topic, interact with others and create a reflective record in the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Simply choose the items and activities that suit your role and your style.

All the resources mentioned, and many more, are also accessible with direct links from the CPD Resources area of the Members’ Area of the CDI website. Resources are arranged according to the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD).

LMI is covered in NOS:CD07. Below is a small selection from more than 60 items in the Resources area.



LMI national trends

Working Futures Headlines 2014-2024 is a user-friendly government-published infographic covering key trends in sectors, occupations and qualifications. Substantial reports on UK Labour Market projections 2014-24 are also available.

Careers of the Future focuses on 40 jobs, with case studies for 12 of them, in an infographic format that would be useful in schools and colleges.


LMI – local matters

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) network is charged with providing local LMI. Some provide classroom-friendly material: as examples West of England, Leeds City Region (facts and fact sheets).

There are websites for LMI in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The big picture: a MOOC on the changing world of work

Develop your skill in integrating LMI and digital technologies into your professional skillset through a MOOC supported by online tutors. The 6-week, free-of-charge course starts on 28 March 2017; enrolment is open now.


Young people’s career aspirations

A study in 2013 explored young people’s career aspirations in relation to best estimates of actual labour market demand. The report’s title Nothing in Common is a salutary reminder of the need for well-informed careers work in schools.


A skills gap?

Government research to understand the extent, nature and impact of skills mismatches in the economy (2016) finds that ‘at most, at any point in time, shortage may account for no more than around 0.2 per cent of employment’. Meanwhile the Social Market Foundation, asking: The skills gap: is it a myth? (2015) argues that wages may be as much to blame as lack of skills.


LMI for graduates

The national and local material, above, covers graduate careers as well. But there are specific questions about graduate careers and the notion of the ‘graduate job’. The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) produces What do graduates do? (annually), and Graduate Market Trends (quarterly).


A precarious future – for some

LMI includes labour supply (see last month’s CPD Newsletter on demographics) and conditions of employment. While flexible work patterns bring advantages for some, they are problematic for others as the TUC details in Living on the Edge.


A complex future for all – robots, green jobs

Cross-currents for the future include: fewer jobs (and more leisure?) as robots fulfill tasks of ever greater complexity; different jobs in response to climate change pressures. The BBC looks to the future in Will a robot take your job? while Cedefop/OECD consider global skills issues in Green skills and innovation for inclusive growth.


Using our LinkedIn groups

The CDI has a LinkedIn group for all members, and groups that are relevant for each home nation and for the Community of Interest groups. Start (or contribute to) a discussion; keep contributing for several days.

National groups Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Community of Interest groups Careers Education | Independent Coaches and Consultants | Learning Difficulties and Disabilities | HE Advisers | Research. Visit the Communities of Interest.


Recording and reflecting on CPD

Remember that researching LMI in order to prepare teaching or display materials, or just as part of your day-to-day work, counts towards your CPD hours as long as you write a short reflective report in the My CPD section of your ‘My Portfolio’ record.


Useful Tips

Accessing the Members’ Area in order to record your CPD

To access this area click Login (at the top of the screen) and use your Members’ Area username (your email address) and password. Then click on Members’ Area, and choose Professional Register which includes the CPD Resources area and your personal CPD record. You can also access the Register directly by using the Professional Register link on the home page.

The site includes the facility to Request a new password. Remember that for the system to work well, you need to keep your details up to date and ensure that CDI emails are not directed to your spam box.


For any questions relating to CPD Recording please contact:


Dr Lyn Barham,
Project Associate (Research)

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