With Analyst, we want to put the economy in your pocket. There’s no reason why you should make decisions about course planning or economic development without knowing as many of the factors as possible. The labour market doesn’t have to be a mystery. This is why we’ve added yet another way to look at our extensive labour market data. Analyst now contains a section called “Education” which is a convenient way to map your courses to trends in your local economy. This effectively allows you to audit your current or proposed courses against labour market trends. Let’s take a look.
First, click on the ‘Education’ tab at the top of the page. You should see a screen labelled ‘Custom Profiles’. This is where your courses will go. Click on the blue button marked ‘New Profile’ on the far right of the page.
Type in the name of curriculum area you are reviewing. I set the year to 2013 and chose Further Education (RRQ) from the base code. The Register of Regulated Qualifications (RRQ) “contains details of Recognised Awarding Organisations and Regulated Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland” according to their website. All courses offered by FE colleges (and available on the LARA) are selected from this Register, including the Learning Aim Reference.
Next, click the ‘Add Program’ button on the right of the screen. Another lightbox will give you the opportunity to choose the base course you are adding (such as ‘Construction’), add a name, a description and how many completions you expect for the course. I will choose a Level 1 construction award and add 26 completions. Also, if you’re unhappy with the Target Occupations that are automatically generated, or if the tool fails to find any, feel free to add your own.
Analyst then presents a summary of the data, with regional openings, earnings, total jobs and projected or historic growth. For more information, simply click on the programme name.
You will see the total regional jobs that your programme trains for, per cent growth and median hourly earnings. There is also a breakdown of employment for your occupations and graphs showing projected growth and percentile earnings.
At this point, it’s simple to click through to one of the target occupations and looks at it in more detail, including the Jobcentre Plus claimant counts, which give you a general idea of how many workers in that occupation have applied for unemployment benefits.
You can add as many profiles, programmes and occupations as you need to meet your specific requirements.
If you would like more information about the education section in Analyst, please contact Jon Burnett (firstname.lastname@example.org).