"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 RLSO Website
The RLSO website has undergone development to improve its content and functionality. The new website is now live and includes a new themed based approach. The home page displays 6 icons; Census, Education, Economy, People, Publications and Factsheets. A data audit and re-structure has also been completed to reinforce our focus on the economy, learning and skills with the aim of ensuring that data is more accessible and relevant for its users. There will be further data uploads to the website over the next couple of weeks before a formal launch in February.
Your feedback on the new look website is welcome along with any ideas on additional features or content that you would like to see. Please contact Gaynor Griffiths on email@example.com. Training is also available.
The RLSO’s 8th Regional Analysis Report (formally Seasonal Report) is nearly complete. The new edition has taken a fresh approach and includes data sectioned by theme which enables cross-county analysis. Features included in the new edition are the new release of Cambridge Econometrics projection data and the latest Welsh Government priority sector statistics.
The Region and County ‘At a Glance’ Fact Sheets, available via the website, have been updated following the latest release of Cambridge Econometrics local area and data projections. The ‘Fact Sheets’ include some of the latest core indicators on demography, education, skills, qualifications, housing, economy, labour market and projection data.
New Sector ‘At a Glance Fact Sheets’ will be published this month 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.
Welsh Language Report
The RLP Team is to undertake a regional mapping exercise of Welsh Language in the workplace which will also contain a review of policy and available research. The objective being to ascertain opportunities for future research.
New Data Sets and Releases Available on the RLSO
Now Available - 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. The data covers the time period 1981 - 2030 for the counties of Powys, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. Wales and UK comparator data is also available. This data will continue to support economic development activities, including informing the region’s Economic Regeneration Strategies as well as supporting the development of curriculum planning to ensure a continuous supply of appropriately skilled individuals.
Education Bespoke Reports
The bespoke reports for the Education data are now available. These bespoke reports contain dynamic text, tables and graphs which will update automatically when new data is released and uploaded. This facility is located under Education within Reports on the RLSO. Click here to access the reports.
Welsh Government Priority Sector Statistics
The Welsh Government Priority Sector Statistics are now available and contain data that includes Employee Jobs, Employment and Local Units in Wales by Priority Sector and Local Authority. The data release contains historic data from 2005 to the most current data in 2012 (2011 for Employee Jobs).
An overview of the data:
To access the WG Priority Sector Statistics: click here.
Small Area Population Estimates (Historical data)
Small Area Population Estimates based on 2011 census are now available for years 2002 – 2010 following a release from the Office for National Statistics. These are experimental statistics (at testing stage and are not fully developed). This data can be found within Local Area Population Density under Population Data within the People theme. It can be accessed by clicking here.
Average house prices (November 2013)
The data for November 2013 for average house prices is now available following a release by the Land Registry. The data can be found within the Economy theme under Housing or by clicking here.
Job Seeker’s Allowance claimant count (November 2013)
The latest (November 2013) Job Seeker’s Allowance claimant count is now available following a release by the Office for National Statistics. The data can be found under Benefits within the Economy theme or click here to access the data.
School Absence: Primary schools (AY 2012-13)
The data for 2012-13 for school absence in primary schools is now available following a release by the Welsh Government. FThe data can be accessed within the Education theme under Schools and Absenteeism or click here.
Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) 2012
In 4 of the 6 counties within the South West and Central Wales region (Powys, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Swansea), part time public sector employees have decreased between 2011 and 2012, whereas the private sector part time employees have increased in all 6 counties in this time period. Full time employees have increased in Powys and Carmarthenshire but decreased in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. The decrease is very slight in Neath Port Talbot as the increase of 700 private sector full time employees offsets the decrease in the public sector full time employees. For more information regarding this data please look at the latest Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES 2012) data, which is now available. The BRES data includes statistics on Employment by Industry including full time/part time and private/public sector breakdowns. The data can be accessed under Employment and Business Register and Employment Survey under the Economy theme or click here to access the data.
If you would like to hear more about the developments of the RLSO or if you require training please contact Gaynor Griffiths on firstname.lastname@example.org