This week is National Apprenticeship Week, the annual celebration of apprenticeships, and a chance to highlight the benefits both to those who undertake one, as well as employers who are either already running schemes, or thinking of doing so.
Labour Market Insight can play a big role in the success of apprenticeship programmes, since it can inform education providers on a number of important aspects of demand for apprenticeships in their local and regional economy, which can then be factored into plans for expanding existing programmes, or introducing new ones. For example, good data can help answer the following key questions:
- How many people are employed in our region in occupations relevant to a particular apprenticeship?
- Which industries employ the jobs that relate to a particular programme we are running or are thinking of launching?
- Who are the regional employers hiring for jobs related to our apprenticeships and what skills are they looking for?
Although our data can be used to answer these sorts of questions for apprenticeships in general, this year we are focusing in particular on Degree Apprenticeships, primarily because there have been a number of new Standards created recently. In a recent webinar, our Director of Higher Education, Richard Hewitt, demonstrated how our data can be used to answer the sorts of questions mentioned above, and below you’ll find six bite-sized videos from that webinar, which show how this can be done, plus the entire webinar below them:
In addition to this, we have also created a series of free localised reports looking at the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Data Specialist Standard, which contain a wealth of data on related job numbers, occupations, industries, skills, employers and recruitment activity. We have done these for every LEP area in the country, and you can order a free report for your area by clicking the button below.