As a result of plans to open up Government data to the public, students will be able to see their future earning potential depending on which subjects they choose to study and where they decide to study them, according to the Independent.
The data, which will be accessible to internet developers, will ultimately include information on the earnings of past apprentices and school leavers. This could allow teenagers to see how much former pupils eventually earned, and decipher which subjects led to more profitable incomes.
HMRC is reportedly releasing anonymised data sets disclosing the earnings of UK tax payers. This data can then be “cross-referred to records of past students studying at further education colleges that is also held by the Government”.
Ministers are reportedly negotiating with universities to encourage higher education institutions to publish data on students, allowing students to make comparisons across the board about future prospects of their students.
On Monday 19th October, the government hosted a “job hack” – an event to “help young people access training and employment opportunities”. Participants included: developers and designers, career advisors, government officials and young people themselves.
At the event, talented developers used open government data sets that had been brought together in one place for the first time.
According to GOV.UK, participants were set to look at everything “from employment statistics, school performance tables and apprenticeship vacancies, to educational options and earning outcomes”.
It added that they would collaborate with tech specialists, invited to “design applications and solutions using datasets”. The ideas created would then be presented for the Earn or Learn Taskforce, chaired by Matt Hancock, to consider.
Mr Hancock said: “It’s hugely exciting that the Government is now embracing new ways of solving common problems. There’s a huge opportunity to use new technology to make sure that every young person gets the best start in life. We want to seize that opportunity to help everyone achieve their full potential.”