Category: Education & Training

imployable Cohort: The Cohort Management Tool

Visum Cohort The Cohort Management Tool

Any business that deals with a large selection of people, for any kind of service, will know how important organisation and analytics are. You can easily keep track of these people within databases, but how do you effectively organise that, and pick out exactly what you need at any given point? Not to mention the various categories these people will fall under, that may overlap with one another. What’s the best way to split up these data sets using many different factors? The answer to that is called cohort management, and it is vital for both your organisation, and the cohorts in question. 

Why use cohort management?

So why would you want to use cohort management in the first place? No matter what your database is based around; there will always be certain factors that differentiate one singular person from another. So, it’s best to divide out categories within these databases. 

For example, say you’re a training organisation and you have a cohort of 100 learners to train and support through to employment. Each learner will need to be effectively and efficiently managed through to the end of the course; with evidence of outcomes and learning along the way. Having the cohort system allows the training organisation to see their individual qualifications and skills. Yet it also shows them as a collective and how they fit to an employment opportunity. This is what a cohort management system is all about, as well as a platform to share resources and message individually or all at once.  

When trying to take into account all of these elements, things can get messy within a database. That’s when you need another tool to sort through all these factors in an easily digestible way. 

Who should use cohort management

The example provided before doesn’t just apply to training providers, but can be utilised in any databases for a group of people, such as: universitiescolleges, recruitment companies, local councils, etc. The list is endless. But we believe this has so much untapped potential for other organisations to take advantage of. 

Here at imployable, our training division deals with thousands of learners each month. But keeping track of all of these individuals is a mammoth task. We were very lucky to receive an Innovate UK grant to build technology to help us see our individual cohorts, and help these learners progress through to employment. The technology is called Visum Cohort.  

imployable Cohort

imployable Cohort is a nifty piece of technology that essentially allows an organisation to track and manage its own cohort of learners… but how? 

Through our career management app. We built this technology within our already up and running app, so its ease of access means anyone can use it. Each member of the cohort is sent a link to sign up to the imployable app. The organisation can then support the ‘cohortian’ with their learning; through sharing resources, sending them notifications, and direct messaging them. The technology also shows the organisation skills, qualification and experience-based data on their cohort; to help the organisation make informed and strategic decisions to further their business and support their learners 

After some digging; we surprisingly found nothing on the market that delivered this type of service. So we decided to build it ourselves. We’re able to license it out to any training providers; education establishments; councils; and contract providers who need a piece of efficient technology to track, manage, and analyse their cohort’s progress. We truly believe this will allow many organisations to really push the boundaries when helping their individual usersWe’ve launched this platform in the beta version, so if this is something you believe your organisation can benefit from, and you would like a demo of it. Then be sure to give us an email at sales@imployable.me and we’ll go from there! 

Training Course and Qualification Advertising on imployable

Training Course and Qualification Advertising on imployable

Our company doesn’t hide our roots and what our goals are. If you’ve followed us for any period of time, you’ll definitely know it by now. Though we believe it’s always worth reiterating. Our objective since the company was created, was to change up the jobs market, and try to enable people to achieve their dream job. We’ll do this by allowing people to map out their careers and visualise how best to achieve their goals. Of course, there’s a focus on recruitment in there, but we’re using recruitment as a final step in this map. The real meat on the bones of these plans are the qualifications and training opportunities. If a candidate doesn’t have either of these under their belt, then they won’t get far when searching for this ideal job. 

The importance of the training course

Training courses and qualifications have risen in importance now more than ever. With the ever-expanding skills gap that has been making its presence known. This term has been used a lot in recent times, but in case you’re unsure of what it is; the skills gap is when the skills that employers are looking for, don’t match the skills that the employees possess. This can cause these so-called gaps. This causes organisations to either underperform in terms of efficiency, or lose revenue by retraining or hiring the right employees. To learn more about the skills gap in detail, be sure to check out our blog: Exploring the Skills Gap Issue, and How Best to Deal with it. 

This is why training courses have become a staple in the world of recruitment. To shorten this skills gap; employers and employees will need to utilise these opportunities to expand skill sets in any given subject. However, as the skills gap becomes more noticeable, the bigger the market becomes for training providers. In turn, this means that more training providers will be created; so competition will suddenly increase for getting candidates to apply for courses. That’s where many training providers will have to turn to marketing and course advertising to stay ahead of the competition; though it’s definitely not a cheap endeavour. 

The training course and imployable

Training courses are known to be an extremely valuable tool in our company. That’s why we’re constantly looking at courses to put our workforce through. As of writing this blog, seven employees of our company are attending specific training courses for their job roles; with an extra two who have already completed their training course. We believe it’s important to keep progressing forward in our technical abilities surrounding the role we have in the company. This way we can keep pushing the company forwards with new and smarter ideas and processes. 

If you’re a training provider, you’ll already know the high costs involved in advertising your courses. So much so that it can be off-putting. We’re well aware of this, which is why we offer free advertising of any training course on our app. We believe it is extremely important to be able to offer a wide range of training opportunities to our users, so they have a wide selection of paths to pursuit towards their ideal career. Our userbase is constantly expanding, and many of them will be looking into finding the appropriate training. Training that will contribute towards them finding the best career for them. If you would like to take full advantage of this, be sure to sign up here.

Apprenticeships: The alternative to degrees

On top of the standard training course, wherein you’ll attend classes and gain a qualification towards the end, apprenticeships have been increasing dramatically in popularity. When the tuition fees were increased to £9000 a year in 2012, the prospect of getting a bachelor’s degree became too much of an investment for many people. Since then, we’ve been seeing a large number of apprenticeship programs rolling out. 

There have been many discussions on the benefits of either going through an apprenticeship vs completing a university degree. Howevermany graduates have found themselves struggling to find a job in their chosen subject. This is where the apprenticeship has a leg up on getting a degree. Although a degree may open up more prospects in the future; it has proven to be fairly difficult to get your foot in the door of your chosen career. However, apprenticeships allow you to learn as you work. And if you’ve been successful and worked hard, you could find yourself with a stable job once you’ve completed it. 

Apprenticeships in imployable

Our company knows how valuable apprenticeships are. Wherein some of our workforce have completed or in the process of completing an apprenticeship themselves. Whether that’s to do alongside their current job roles, or as a way to kick off their career. Even our CEO Pete Kelly has been taking part in this, where he’s currently in the process of completing an apprenticeship, as part of the degree he’s partaking inThe skills and knowledge gained during the process can be extremely useful in your chosen career, and we’ve seen the skills of our colleagues increase dramatically. 

Overall, training courses have become a staple tool for learning and bridging any skills gaps you, or any colleagues/employees, may have. In recent times we’ve been seeing a surge of new training providers, and it’s becoming easier by the day to sign up to new training courses/apprenticeships. The range of learning opportunities that can be provided is endless, and there will always be a training course/apprenticeship designed for any skill. So be sure to use our app when searching for training courses, and we’ll be sure to provide the best.