Why AI Needs To Support School Leavers Entering The Workplace

Previously, Cognisess has blogged regarding the future of AI of our workplace. This week we shift back to the present. Currently, AI has established a firm presence in the workplace – it has the capacity to troubleshoot issues the workforce will encounter in the future. Below we discuss how AI can support school leavers.

The Skills Gap

“We have observed a skills gap between students transitioning from education into the workplace. Cognisess can play a key role in identifying this gap to support students, educationalists and employers alike” Comments Chris Butt, CEO of Cognisess. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants discovered eight out of ten British school leavers lack essential business skills, and 90% of those surveyed also reported a rise in workload from skills shortages. This issue will increase as more young people join the workforce. 90% of jobs will require digital skills by 2025, but only 40% of EU citizens will possess this skill. Businesses need to address this gap to take pressure off skilled workers and distribute the work evenly amongst employees.

Cognisess believes school leavers need to be supported better and AI technologies will unquestionably be part of any solution. Our solutions like Cognisess Learn or Cognisess Apprenticeship can identify individuals core skills, whilst supporting their transition into the workforce and discovering their best fit for an organisation’s role and culture.

Apprenticeships

Cognisess believes one way to tackle the skills gap is through apprenticeships. Managers are able to tailor their apprentice’s training to the skills they require. Apprenticeships are on the increase, a survey by CBI predicts almost half of businesses are increasing their intake of apprentices within the next 12 months. Cognisess identified this opportunity early on and created Cognisess Apprentice to aid companies in matching young people’s’ talent to their skills gaps.products predictive people analytics cognisess pro Apprentice

Cognisess Apprentice allows you to recruit apprentices, assessing their skillset prior to the apprenticeship offer. During their training it also provides a tool to monitor and support them, as a manager you can send appraisal surveys and re-assign assessments to track their improvement.

Cognisess Apprentice enables the school leaver to concretely identify their attributes, informing what they can bring to a company. A school leaver may be aware of subjects they are strong in, but won’t be familiar with their attributes – for example, like how emotionally intelligent they are. Possessing an awareness of their strengths will give them a boost in confidence – which will be beneficial in a new environment. Remaining on one platform from the recruitment stage to the end of their apprenticeship creates a continuity for school leavers and employers, which is important when integrating into a new environment.  

Could this all be solved earlier?

Ideally, this issue should be solved before young people leaves education. Cognisess Learn can help schools and colleges identify students emotional and cognitive skills. Cognisess Learn grants young people the opportunity to receive the relevant support in their skill gaps. Students also gain a better understanding of their skills, so they can outline what is required to increase their employability. Additionally, Cambridge University researchers discovered why a group of 550 children are struggling in school through AI. The algorithm measured each student’s cognitive skills including their listening, problem solving and vocabulary abilities. The results uncovered learning difficulties that were previously undiagnosed in participants. In the future, Cognisess hopes AI in schools will be seen as the norm in order to address student skill gaps well before and prior to employment.

AI will greatly assist in developing a the next generation of our skilled workforce. Young people are the future workforce, so it is essential they are equipped with the skills to operate within it. Cognisess’ software can directly support this development by re-skilling young people today for a more productive tomorrow.

Contact us to schedule a demo and a two-week free trial of Cognisess Apprentice or Learn – the most advanced People Analytics and Assessments Platform on the market today.

 

Apprenticeship Levy: Selecting the right apprentice with Cognisess

In April 2017 the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy will begin, with all companies with a total pay bill of over £3million having to give 0.5% of this to the Government to fund apprenticeships.

With more young apprentices being hired, often with little or no previous work experience, Cognisess provides a way to select those most likely to succeed.

As an organisation hiring young apprentices, it’s easy to worry about the risks. Without prior work experience or a good knowledge of the work they would like to do, some young people may be more likely to leave a job. However, the benefits of finding the right young people who will fit the culture of your company and develop quickly are significant.

Skills Training UK – an employability provider – states that 92% of employers who take on apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce*. Hiring an apprentice who works their way up the ranks of your organisation means they know your business inside out.

By analysing cognitive abilities, emotional intelligence, behaviour, core skills and personality, Cognisess Deep Learn™ helps to match the right people with the right roles for their unique talents and skillset.

Apprenticeships are a great way of addressing skills shortages, and we can help to identify those who will flourish.

Get in touch with us at support@cognisess.com to find out more about how we can help you to recruit the best apprentices for your business.

How do we know our assessments are reliable? A comparison with CANTAB

As part of its Global Cognitive Empathy Study (GCES), the Cognisess Research team, led by Chief Scientific Officer Dr Boris Altemeyer, has been conducting research with a number of UK Universities and Colleges to further confirm the reliability of Cognisess’ assessments by comparing them with the clinically approved CANTAB assessments.

We all want to find the perfect job – a job that captures our full attention and gives us an environment where our values align with our actions. But the perfect job is hard to find. Choice, rather than being an advantage, is one of the biggest obstacles between the ever-elusive perfect job and us.

We can use self-reflection to point us in the right direction, turning inward to think about our passions, what we are good at and what we would like to be good at. A huge number of different factors could be the reason why we’re currently in a particular career. Whether this career is right for us often depends on no more than luck. Clearly then, the right sort of help is needed to allow us to find right job.

Cognisess provides that help and with our assessments you can see just how well you fit certain roles. Our tools highlight what makes you a unique individual, ranging from your personality – how you react in certain situations and to other people – to your general mental ability. However we are only as accurate as our tools, so to further improve these, at the beginning of this year we began an exciting new research project.

What are CANTAB assessments?

In neuropsychological testing, CANTAB assessments (from the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery) are one of the most extensively validated tools, with more than 30 years of research investigating their reliability and validity. We are now in the process of comparing how participants perform in the gold standard CANTAB assessments, versus how they perform in our own.

How can we prove the reliability of what we measure?

CANTAB and Cognisess assessments both evaluate cognitive and emotion recognition performance. If a participant performs well in CANTAB, they should perform well in Cognisess. In statistical terms, this is known as convergent validity, or construct validity. Researchers typically determine construct validity by answering a simple question, does the assessment measure what it claims to measure?

Anyone can take part in our research project and to ensure that we collect data that is representative, we are conducting the project with an eclectic group of participants. Those taking part range from college and MBA students to CEOs and other individuals in full time employment, and we are working with Bath College, Bath Spa University, the University of Bath and the University of Exeter to achieve this.

Focussing on our users

The project also allows us to gather valuable user feedback on the Cognisess assessments. In the realm of research, fun and assessments are not typically synonyms. When assessments are designed for recruitment, this further reduces the likelihood that individuals going through the process will enjoy what they are doing. Yet it has become apparent that users really enjoy using the Cognisess system and playing our assessments.

Peter Wills, 18, from Bath College said, “My favourite games were ColourSwitch and MatriX, although I swear that sometimes there was no X to find in MatriX. I really liked comparing my results with my friends and that got me to play the games again, so that I could get a better score.”

Our assessments are short and to the point – which is very popular with our users. As Bath Spa Art Student, Sanket Shrestha said, “I was surprised about how much fun I ended up having and it didn’t feel like a drag.”

By comparing our assessments against the CANTAB battery, we can ensure that neither the brevity nor entertainment of our own assessments detracts from their reliability. We’re seeking to make our assessments as good as they can be without impacting on any of the important aspects of our system that appeal to our users.

If you would like to learn more about the study then get in touch with us at support@cognisess.com.