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East Midlands

  • There are over 3,700 employers in the lifelong learning sector in the East Midlands. These include:

- 24 further education colleges, including general further education colleges, specialist colleges and 6th form colleges.

- 9 higher education institutions, plus the Open University.

- over 3,500 community learning and development providers, including adult and community learning, community development, community education, development education, family learning, working with parents and youth work.

- approximately 30 libraries and archives services.

- over 100 Learning and Skills Council funded work-based learning providers, plus privately funded and voluntary organisations

  • 84% of lifelong learning employers in the region employ less than 10 staff. This figure is in line with the lifelong learning sector across England.
  • The lifelong learning sector in the East Midlands accounts for a total output (at basic prices) of approximately £900 million. The Gross Value Added for the sector in the region is over £260 million.

Workforce statistics:

  • Approximately 70,000 people work in the lifelong learning sector in the East Midlands. This is around 8% of the lifelong learning workforce in England.
  • 50% of the workforce is aged between 45- 64 years.
  • Within the libraries workforce, 79% of staff are aged 45 years and over.
  • 54% of the workforce is female.
  • 65% of the workforce is employed full-time.
  • 45% of the workforce is employed in professional occupations, such as teachers, lecturers, librarians and youth workers. 18% are in associate professional roles such as youth support workers, learning support staff, technical specialists and library assistants.

Qualification profile of workforce:

  • 67% of the workforce is qualified to the equivalent of NVQ level 4.
  • In further education, 53% of teaching staff in colleges in the East Midlands are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
  • In higher education, 87% of academic staff in higher education in the East Midlands are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
  • In the archives workforce, the most common qualification held by archivists and records managers in the East Midlands is a higher degree or equivalent.

Employment trends and future projections

  • Despite forecasts of falling workforce numbers for some occupational groups, overall demand in the lifelong learning sector in the East Midlands is expected to increase by approximately 7%.
  • It is estimated that around 50,000 people will need to be recruited into the lifelong learning sector in the East Midlands over the next ten years to fill vacancies largely created by existing staff going into retirement.

Source: The lifelong learning workforce in the East Midlands Factsheet 2009