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#JobHack: Summary of Ideas

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At the Job Hack, held at Digital Catapult on Monday 19 October, teams were challenged to come up with new ideas so that young people can get access to the training and employment opportunities they need to succeed.

Here is a summary of ideas from the day:

Matching roles
Targeted at careers’ advice providers and jobseekers, this idea involves matching user skills with specific job roles, using data pulled from job ads, employment market statistics, employer-reported skills shortages, GOV data on FE/HE courses.

User-designed services
Designing and providing government services based on improved understanding of NEET user needs. Achieved through analysis of forum discussions on ‘The Student Room’ and a further ethnographic study to map user journeys through school, post-school and subsequent employment.

LMI Onion
Aimed at KS3&3 school children and jobseekers 16+, this idea involves mapping entry level jobs around an individual and providing training and progression pathway information. This would help resolve the mismatch between young people's aspirations and actual labour market patterns on the ground.

Sharing information
To help solve the poor sharing of information and opportunities for young people, this idea is to build upon existing initiatives to offer a platform for businesses and providers to find and connect with each other. This would help channel passion at a local level and ensure that young people are matched up with opportunities.

Personal profiling
A service which offers personal profiling and data for informing choice, targeting young people who are unsure of what they want to do and the opportunities available to them.

Mapping opportunities
A platform which visually represents accessible opportunities for NEETs and young people locally, providing information and specialist support to help NEETs successfully take up opportunities to earn and learn. This could be used by both young people and others trying to help them.

Two-way contracts
The setting up of individual development "contracts" between a young person and employer, offering entry level/first jobs which with greater tailoring to personal career aspirations. These roles could contractually slide pay towards minimum wage, offering long term career prospects which will be attractive to young people.

Online careers advice
A self assessment tool to be used in schools and colleges for young people to find a potential career to help resolve the lack of careers education and barriers to employment routes for young people

Discovering ambition
The development of a portal for a.) discovering ambitions, b.) inputting current personal circumstances, c.) generating a work plan for achieving the aspiration. This will address the motivational aspects of job searching through tools that help find achievable job aspirations.

Community mentors
Creation of a platform where young people (aged 14-16) can meet mentors (people with 2/3 years experience in chosen field or previous mentees now with a job). This will help motivate young people, put forward different career options and provide a contact in a particular industry for advice and support.

Job Schema Cert
A validator programme which checks the quality of a job advert at a given URL to ensure vital information, such as location, hours and pay in provided in the advertisement. This is based on a report which highlights that 70% of job adverts posted online don't meet the basic standards set out by the Advertising Standards Agency, meaning job hunters have a harder time finding a job or waste time on inappropriate advertisements.


The ideas are to be presented for consideration to the Earn or Learn taskforce chaired by Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, with the possibility of the best among them being taken forward.

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