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England

  • There are approximately 44,000 employers in the lifelong learning sector in England, including:
  • 369 further education colleges, including general further education colleges, specialist colleges and 6th form colleges
  • 133 higher education institutions
  • over 41,500 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 545 libraries and archives services
  • over 1,150 LSC-funded work-based learning providers, plus other privately funded and voluntary organisations
  • 82% of organisations employ less than 10 staff.
  • The lifelong learning sector in England accounts for a total output (at basic prices) of approximately £12 billion. The Gross Value Added for the sector in England is over £3 billion.

Workforce statistics:

  • Approximately 850,000 people work in the lifelong learning sector in England, around 76% of the lifelong learning workforce in the UK.
  • 48% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years, compared with 38% across all sectors.
  • Within the libraries workforce, 61% of the workforce is aged 45 years or over.
  • 59% of the workforce in England is female, compared with 46% across all sectors.
  • 12% of the workforce has a disability.
  • 64% of the workforce is employed full-time, compared with 74% across all sectors.
  • 50% of the workforce is employed in professional occupations, such as teachers, lecturers, librarians and youth workers. 15% are in associate professional occupations, such as youth support workers, learning support staff, technical specialists and library assistants.

Qualification profile of workforce:

  • 68% of the lifelong learning workforce is qualified to the equivalent of NVQ level 4 or above, compared with 33% across all sectors in England.
  • In further education, 60% of teaching staff in England’s colleges are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
  • In higher education, 85% of academic staff in higher education in England are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
  • In the archives workforce, the most common qualification held by archivists and records managers in England is a higher degree or equivalent.

Source: LLUK workforce in England Factsheet 2009