Evidence Base

Our research into the skills needs and requirements of Lancashire's priority business sectors including our Labour Market Intelligence.

Skills, Employment and Socio-Economic Evidence Base Dashboard

To support our Skills and Employment stakeholders, and local authority colleagues and wider partners we have developed a data pack to provide the latest available data covering many skills, employment and socio-economic themes.

The data presented will evolve and grow over time, and at present contains almost 60 pages of data visualisation and analysis on a variety of measures, mainly through the lens of local performance in the context of the Lancashire LEP and Lancashire County Council averages, and the North West and National averages.

Where possible this data is presented at a Local/Unitary Authority level, Travel to Work Area (TTWA) level and then given LEP, Regional and National context.

The data covers topics such as:

  • Employment
  • Unemployment (Claimant Count and LFS)
  • Self-Employment
  • Economic Inactivity
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Apprenticeship Starts
  • Vacancies
  • Sector Employment, Economic output, and Business numbers
  • Productivity (£) per filled job and per hour worked
  • Business births and deaths, high growth firms, and survival rates
  • Employment by occupation
  • Qualification levels of the population
  • Investment by asset type, area and sector, and per head.
  • Forecast qualification demand

Many of these measures are in direct response to the emergence of different policy initiatives. The selection of data is designed to help stakeholders landscape their local economies, support investment plans and bids to funding to tackle skills and education challenges, as well as wider socio-economic challenges.

A great many of these measures are automatically linked to the source of the data via API, helping to ensure the data contained in the dashboard is as up to date as possible almost as soon as the data is released.

This evidence base identifies key issues in driving a skilled, balanced and inclusive labour market.

We have created a comprehensive evidence base and used it to build on the previous Skills and Employment Strategic Framework 2016-2021 to develop the Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework 2021 Refresh, which incorporates the Local Skills Report for Lancashire, as required by the Department for Education (DfE).

The Labour Market Supplement supports the Framework’s 2021 Refresh and contains the detailed data and analysis that underpins the rationale for the priorities, objectives and actions within the Framework.

The Skills and Employment Board have agreed that the framework should be refreshed for a one year period, recognising the unique circumstances that Lancashire and the UK in general has entered, and as such the Framework draws on both pre and current COVID-19 data.

In 2022, each Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) ( now the Skills and Employment Board) was required by the Department for Education (DfE) to update their Local Skills Report, with the exception of those who had a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) trailblazer in their SAP area. Annex A contains analysis of a standard data set prescribed by DfE, for SAP areas to analyse and add local commentary. As Lancashire had an LSIP trailblazer, we opted to refresh Annex A, which underpins the Local Skills Report, and this data has been considered in the context of our 2021 Lancashire Skills and Employment Strategic Framework.

The Evidence Base contains data and research which is available to stakeholders to access and utilise.

  • Interactive Power BI Evidence Base dashboard (above)

Pre COVID-data can now be found in the Reports section of this page.

  • LMI Data Matrix.
  • Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) reports
  • Reports on Lancashire’s Priority Sectors
  • Gap Analyses regarding flexible provision for those aged 16-18
  • LMI Resources

2022/23 Careers Information Advice and Guidance Resources by Travel to Work Area

This section contains six Careers Information Advice and Guidance Presentations for each of Lancashire’s six Travel to Work Areas. You can access each of the reports by clicking on the relevant section below, they are available as an online hosted animated presentation, a static powerpoint, and an animated YouTube clip of around 3 minutes.

These resources were designed in conjunction with both Careers Professionals and Young People, and are designed to present the latest Labour Market Information for each Travel to Work Area in an engaging and accessible format. Over 1,300 young people in Lancashire were surveyed to come up with a design style and tone that speaks to them, and a focus group of young people in Lancashire decided the result.

Travel to Work Area Animated Presentations Powerpoints PDFs YouTube Videos
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Go to presentation Download Powerpoint Download PDF Go to YouTube
Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribble Valley Go to presentation Download Powerpoint Download PDF Go to YouTube
Burnley and Pendle Go to presentation Download Powerpoint Download PDF Go to YouTube
Lancaster and Morecambe Go to presentation Download Powerpoint Download PDF Go to YouTube
Preston, Chorley and South Ribble Go to presentation Download Powerpoint Download PDF Go to YouTube
West Lancashire Go to presentation Download Powerpoint Download PDF Go to YouTube

As part of this work, we also produced three animations on exciting future opportunities for Young People in Lancashire, one on Digital and Cyber, one on Green Energy and Low Carbon, and one that is a generic LMI for all. These can be viewed on YouTube here:

Energy and Low Carbon Cyber and Creative LMI for All