In 2010 the government announced the opportunity for areas to develop LEPs, which are partnerships between local authorities and businesses designed to promote economic development and quicken the economic recovery.
The West of England LEP, covering Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, was one of the first partnerships to be developed and is recognised as one of the more advanced LEPs amongst the current crop of 39.
The LEP will primarily be using Analyst to better understand the profile of the workforce in their service area, and to explore how these profiles are projected to change. This will help to inform their work with local colleges and education partners, including the City of Bristol College.
In addition to understanding local skills requirements, the LEP will be using Analyst to model local employment scenarios. Analyst allows users to explore the relationship between industries and services to understand the potential labour market impact of job creation or destruction. This will provide key insight as LEP responds to the challenges presented in today’s economic climate.
Sue Attewell, Employment & Skills Manager at the West of England LEP, says, “We’re really pleased to be the first LEP in England to access such a comprehensive dataset so easily. The data in Analyst provides unique insight into our local labour market and will play a key role in our work with local colleges to ensure we link economic development activities with the local skills agenda.”
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