We wrote last year about how Emsi data had been used by Leeds City College in a successful bid for €650,000 in funding from Erasmus+ for KA1 Mobility for VET Learners & Staff. Later on in the year, the College again used our insight to back up another successful bid, this time for the awarding of VET Mobility Charter (VMC) status, again from Erasmus+.
Backing up bids with detailed regional Labour Market Insight (LMI) is clearly a winning formula, and this has once again been shown to be the case when the College recently won another large bid for funds. In this instance, the application was made to the Leeds City Region LEP, setting out the case for relocating both healthcare and sciences, and creative, performing arts and media — both priority sectors in the LEP’s skills plan — to a new, purpose-built site. The application was successful, and the College has been granted a total of £33.4 million from the LEP’s Skills Capital Fund.
Secrets of Success # 1: Using Data to Set the Scene
According to the College’s application, Leeds City Region is currently an area of low productivity. There is also a big skills gap problem with 75% of employers in the area reporting that they will have skills shortages over the next 18 months. Against this backdrop, the College used LMI in their bid in two ways: firstly, to set the scene for why new investment is needed and secondly, to delve into the data to produce details of what specific gaps the new investment would be used to plug.
As an example of general scene-setting, the College noted that according to the data, both the health and sciences sector, and the creative, performing arts and media sector are set to grow substantially over the next few years in the Leeds region:
“Overall sector expansion is expected to provide over 11,000 new jobs in health sciences and 1,200 new jobs in creative, performing arts and media by 2022 as well as positive contribution to GVA.”
Secrets of Success # 2: Using Data to Get to the Details
After setting the scene, the College then used more detailed data to show where the skills gaps actually are, how they can be filled, and therefore what the investment into new facilities would be going towards. Here are just a few examples from the application, using Emsi’s insight:
- The majority of in-demand occupations forecast for growth within the creative & digital sector will require at least a degree level qualification (for example, Programmes & software developers, IT business analysts, and Architects)
- Care workers and home carers represent the largest percentage of jobs in the [healthcare] sector (17.1%) followed by Nurses (13.4%), Nursing auxiliaries and assistants (7.0%), and Medical Practitioners (5.8%)
- 48% of [healthcare] occupations will require an education level between Level 4-6. This includes the requirement for a further 1,654 Nurses and 691 Medical Practitioners to be employed in the sector by 2022
Using insight in their funding bids, whether to set the scene for why investment is needed and what it will be used for, as well as for simply adding context to the bid, is something that has clearly paid dividends for Leeds City College. Ultimately though, it is students, employers and the Leeds City Region as a whole that will reap the rewards. As Rachel Mather, the College’s Research and Development Manager commented:
“This investment supports our aim to create world class education and training facilities for Leeds and the City Region. The new site will put us in a great position to meet future skills needs and enhance the learning environment for students, staff and stakeholders.”
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