As PDMS Employed continues to grow and offer easier solutions around employability and development journeys, find out what we've been up to so far in 2016.
We are now half way through 2016 and it’s been an exceptionally busy year for the team at PDMS working on our various “Employed” projects – including the Isle of Man’s employed.im portal. So much has changed since we originally launched the service as Manx Graduates way back in 2008 - that we thought we should take the opportunity to tell you more about what we’ve been up to and, more importantly, how this benefits Isle of Man businesses, organisations, charities and the general public.
Some of you may remember the original Manx Graduates website, a portal originally launched to promote jobs on the Isle of Man with the idea of encouraging graduates to return to the Island after finishing their education. Rebranded as employed.im in 2014, the portal brings together a range of tools for both businesses and individuals – now offering so much more than just jobs listings and careers guidance.
There are two key parts to the employed.im portal. The first is a website which provides information and resources, including careers advice and information about local events. Secondly, this connects to a system which local organisations can use to post opportunities – anything from job vacancies or apprenticeships through to placements or volunteering possibilities.
Our vision for employed.im is to join up skills, employment, education, professional development and volunteering on the Isle of Man through one easy to use portal – avoiding duplication and making life easier for everyone, whether you’re an employer, individual, training provider or charity.
So what have we done so far to progress this vision?
On the Island…
employed.im is now used by the Island’s secondary schools to manage work experience placements. Lorna Trevethan is employed.im’s Work Experience Co-ordinator and she has been helping to shape the development of the employed.im system to progress the work placement process online; saving time and providing better access to information for schools, pupils and employers.
The Island’s Construction Federation (www.iomcf.im)is using employed.im to manage their membership, with accredited members able to manage their information directly and in real time. In addition, employed.im feeds relevant jobs through to their new website, also provided by PDMS as part of our service.
We’ve also launched a new website for Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing (www.engineeringiom.com)which features a real time jobs feed of relevant vacancies from employed.im.
employed.im powers the popular jobs feed on Manx Telecom’s Manx.net and isleofman.com.
Previews of the Isle of Man Engineering and Manufacturing website, and the employed.im Manx.net feed
We’ve been speaking at conferences around the UK and talking to a wide range of people from Colleges and Universities through to Local Authorities about our vision for a more joined up labour market. Most recently, we’ve been involved in two exciting new project launches:
The Alliance Project based at New Economy in Greater Manchester is using our Employed software as a gateway for promoting careers and skills development in the UK textiles sector.
PDMS Employed is helping to join up skills and employment initiatives for all ages groups in Fife with the recent launch of Opportunities Fife (www.opportunitiesfife.org).
Preview of Opportunities Fife
As a result of all this activity, we’ve greatly enhanced the system:
We’re saving businesses time with a new feature which, with one click, automatically sends job listings directly to the Job Centre at the same time as posting on employed.im
Our Programme Management tool provides straightforward co-ordination of groups across a variety of initiatives, including mentoring and job seekers guidance. Lorna is already using this tool with local schools for co-ordinating the Island’s Year 10 Work Experience Programme.
Not wanting to rest on our laurels we’ve lots more planned for employed.im including:
Forms and workflows – use employed.im to manage your online applications
Events – promote your events, create checklists, manage sign-ups and attendees
Memberships – manage annual renewals, DBS checks and subscriptions
Online payments – take payments for memberships or charitable donations or even training, CPD, and event booking subscriptions
Don’t forget, it’s completely free of charge to post any of your job vacancies or other opportunities on employed.im. If you’d like to find out what employed.im could do for your business or organisation get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or 664000, or even better, call in to Global House at the Isle of Man Business Park for a coffee and a chat!