"The Regional Learning & Skills Observatory is a central interactive online information system providing local data and intelligence, for learning, skills and the labour market in South West and Central Wales.
The RLSO aims to improve the collection, sharing and analysis of key data and intelligence across sectors and stakeholders in the region and support evidence based policy and improved decision making in the areas of regeneration and education, focusing on learning and skills, employment and economic development."
The New Regional Learning & Skills Observatory (RLSO) website
The RLSO website has undergone development to improve its content and functionality. The website includes a new themed based approach. The home page displays six icons; Census, Education, Economy, People, Publications and Factsheets. A data audit and re-structure has also been completed to reinforce the focus on the economy, learning and skills with the aim of ensuring that data is more accessible and relevant for its users.
The RLSO can be accessed via the RLP website www.rlp.org or directly via http://rlp.infobasecymru.net/
Feedback on the new look website is welcome along with any ideas on additional features or content that you would like to see.
The 10th and 11th of July will see members of the RLSO team undertaking eight workshops with year 10 pupils of Ysgol y Preseli, Pembrokeshire. Through a live demonstration of the RLSO and interactive workshops, pupils will be provided with a clear view of the current labour market and statistics about their local area and region. The aim will be to assist pupils to make informed choices about career paths they may wish to pursue by understanding the labour market opportunities now and in the future.
The RLP can also offer training to groups or individuals who wish to know more about the RLSO and make best use of the data and information available. Please contact Gaynor Griffiths on firstname.lastname@example.org
WWEC Pop-up Shop
The West Wales European Centre (WWEC) hosted a pop-up shop in Carmarthen between the 2nd and 7th of June. As an externally funded project, members of the RLP team attended and provided live demonstrations of the Regional Learning and Skills Observatory. Over 1,200 people engaged with the event over the five days, making it an excellent platform to showcase the new and improved RLSO and the wider work of the RLP.
Available now! The City & County of Swansea LMI Report
This report presents labour market intelligence of the City and County of Swansea and analysis of the key stage 4 (KS4) and 16-18 curriculum provision available in the 2014-2015 academic year. The document is available both on the RLP website and on the RLSO.
Available now! Regional Learning & Skills Observatory – Data & Intelligence Report: The 8th Edition
This report is based on data contained within the RLSO, highlighting data within key themes and sectors. In addition to a regional overview, the report provides a county by county breakdown against each of the identified key themes. The 8th Edition differs from previous reports (formally known as the Seasonal Report) in that the data is sectioned by theme which enables cross-county analysis. The report is available now to view online or as a hard copy. If you would you like to request a hard copy please email JorEvans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.
The team are currently planning the next edition, to include features on:
If there is a topic you wish us to explore or include as a feature, please contact Rachel Rees on RachelRees1@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.
County Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) Reports
Following the publication of the Pembrokeshire and Swansea LMI reports, the reports for the remaining four counties will be available shortly.
A refresh of the RLP’s 2013 publication ‘Apprenticeships: Opportunities & Observations from South West and Central Wales’ is currently underway. The report will include the most recently available data relating to engagement numbers sourced from the Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR). The report aims to be completed and available electronically by the end of August 2014.
Welsh Language: Opportunities & Observations for South West & Central Wales
The report is a literature review that will include an overview of the information available on research and policy, Welsh language organisations and Welsh language in the workplace. It will also include key observations for stakeholders to initiate further discussion, shape future policy and drive forward the promotion and facilitation of the use of the Welsh Language in the region. The report will be available electronically shortly via the RLP website.
At a Glance’ Fact Sheets
The Region and County ‘At a Glance’ Fact Sheets are available via the website and include some of the latest core indicators on demography, education, skills, qualifications, housing, economy, labour market and projection data. Click here
New Sector ‘At a Glance Fact Sheets’ are now available which cover the Welsh Government’s priority sectors including Creative Industries, Information, Communication & Technology (ICT), Energy and Environment, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Financial and Professional Services, Food and Farming and Tourism. Click here
Job Seeker’s Allowance claimant count (May 2014)
The latest (May 2014) Job Seeker’s Allowance claimant count is now available following a release by the Office for National Statistics. Click here
Average house prices (April 2014)
The data for April 2014 for average house prices is now available following a release by the Land Registry. Click here
The latest forecasting data from Cambridge Econometrics
This includes the most up to date projections of employment and Gross Value Added (GVA) by sector and employment by occupation. Click here
Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) 2012
The latest Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES 2012) data is available. Click here
Higher Education (2012/13)
The Higher Education data has been updated to Academic Year 2012/13 following a release by the Welsh Government. The data contains statistics on the enrolments and qualifications gained at Welsh Higher Education Institutions, along with a gender and mode of study (i.e. part time/full time) breakdown. Click here
Education Bespoke Reports
Bespoke reports for the Education data are now available. Click here