A short while ago, the Gatsby Foundation hosted a workshop to examine the potential of an occupational database such as the O*NET resource in the United States of America to help research and address UK occupational and skill challenges.

The key findings and recommendations of the workshop were:

  • A UK O*NET would be of significant value and help fill important gaps in identifying and researching skill demand and linking skill demand to productivity at macro and micro level. It could also support better careers information for labour market entrants and job changers and more efficient job design in the workplace;
  • Developing a UK O*NET from scratch is not feasible given the huge investment in resources required;
  • There is considerable scope for exploiting the US O*NET database for UK purposes;
  • Researchers and funders should adopt a collaborative approach to developing a data resources based on the US O*NET which can be exploited in the UK;
  • Such a resource should have open access to maximise its utility;
  • Researchers and funders should adopt a collaborative approach to developing an O*NET-type resource for the UK. Such a resource should have open access to maximise its utility;
  • Immediate next steps include further validation and development work, identifying ways in which a UK O*NET could be efficiently updated and establish potential funding sources.

View the full report here: http://bit.ly/2DlyqEZ

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