West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

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We monitor, analyse and share social research and reports from across the UK. Of the hundreds of reports available, we aim to pick out information which relates to inclusive growth and skills trends that are relevant to the Leeds City Region and the ESF funded projects we manage.

Conference presentations

The Future of Workforce Skills

Tuesday 12 June 2018, Leeds City Region Skills Network Conference, Elland Road

Press release

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The Future Of Workforce Skills Presentation 12.6.18

The Future Of Workforce Skills - Questions Submitted June 2018

Reports and research

Labour Market Report 2018 - WYCA and LEP

This document aims to provide an understanding of the skills that are needed to support economic growth and enhanced productivity and living standards in Leeds City Region, both now and in the future.

More Jobs, Better Jobs - Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Research carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Leeds City Region LEP and Leeds City Council aimed to find out why some people and parts of cities remain cut off from the prosperity and jobs that economic growth can bring – and what can be done about it. The West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges' More Skills Better Jobs contract builds on this research, aiming to test some of the findings with employers and training providers. The results of the More Skills Better Jobs contract will be shared in order to tackle the barriers that exist for people in low paid, low skilled work accessing training opportunities.

UK Working Lives - In Search of Job Quality Summary

April 2018: The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Professional Development) launches its first comprehensive measure of job quality in the UK. Findings include:

  • Two-thirds of workers (64%) are satisfied with their job overall, with just one in five (18%) dissatisfied. One in ten (11%) report regularly feeling miserable at work
  • One in four workers (25%) feel their job negatively affects their mental health, while nearly a third (30%) say their workload is too much
  • More than a quarter (28%) of senior leaders say that they find it difficult to fulfil personal commitments because of their job
  • One in four workers (27%) say that their job does not offer good opportunities to develop their skills, jumping to two in five (43%) among unskilled and casual workers
  • Amongst those in low-skilled jobs, more than a third (37%) say they have not received any training over the last year

Read the full report

The Great Escape? Low Pay and Progression in the UK Labour Market.

October 2017: A one page research summary published by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, based on The Social Mobility Commission's research and Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) sourced using EMSI Analyst. Includes an overview of key findings, definitions and labour market facts related to the Leeds City Region.

Leeds City Region Labour Market Report 2017-18

October 2017: This report seeks to provide a comprehensive assessment of our City Region’s skills needs based on a detailed analysis of the supply and demand of skills together with evidence of mismatch and market failure.

Bespoke Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Reports

Using the EMSI Analyst tool, we can offer a Labour Market Intelligence report writing service for our Joint Venture colleges.

If you require LMI data to help plan your curriculum or write a bid, please get in touch.

For more information please contact our Research and Development Manager, Rachel Mather Rachel.Mather@westyorkshirecolleges.ac.uk or call 0113 216 2110.

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1 April 2019

New Skills Catalogue launches at breakfast event

WYCC celebrated last week as its latest Skills Catalogue of training courses was launched at a breakfast briefing in Leeds. Over 100 delegates from colleges,…

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