"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."
Launch of new 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 http://www.rlpsww.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 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 email@example.com
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 aforementioned 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 currently in production and will be available (both online and hard copy) at the beginning of April 2014. If you would you like to be added to the mailing list please email JorEvans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
At a Glance’ Fact Sheets
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. 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
A summary of all the data sets available on the RLSO is available on the website. Click here
The Lifelong Learning Wales Record (LLWR) dataset will be available on the RLSO by the end of March. This dataset provides a detailed breakdown of learning activities pursued by post-16 learners (excluding those enrolled at Higher Education institutions) by type of learning aim (e.g. GNVQ). 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. 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. Click here
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.
Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) 2012
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.