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  • There are over 7,000 employers in the lifelong learning sector in Greater London. Key employers include:
  • 54 further education colleges, including general further education colleges, specialist colleges and 6th form colleges
  • 41 higher education institutions, plus the Open University
  • over 6,600 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 150 libraries and archives services
  • over 170 Learning and Skills Council funded work-based learning providers, plus privately funded and voluntary organisations
  • 78% of lifelong learning employers in the region employ less than 10 staff, compared with 82% for the lifelong learning sector across England.
  • The lifelong learning sector in Greater London accounts for a total output (at basic prices) of approximately £3.3 billion. The Gross Value Added for the sector in Greater London is approximately £900 million.

Workforce statistics:

  • Approximately 149,000 people work in the lifelong learning sector in Greater London. This is around 18% of the lifelong learning workforce in England.
  • 47% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years.
  • Within the libraries workforce, 57% of staff are aged 45 years and over.
  • 57% of the workforce in Greater London is female.
  • 12% of the lifelong learning workforce in Greater London have a disability
  • 68% of the lifelong learning workforce in Greater London is employed full-time.
  • 57% of the workforce is employed in professional occupations, such as teachers, lecturers, librarians and youth workers. 13% are in associate professional roles such as youth support workers, learning support staff, technical specialists and library assistants.

Qualification profile of workforce:

  • 71% of the workforce is qualified to the equivalent of NVQ level 4 or above.
  • In further education, 69% of teaching staff in Greater London’s colleges are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
  • In higher education, 79% of academic staff in higher education in Greater London are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
  • In the archives workforce, the most common qualification held by archivists and records managers in Greater London is a higher degree or equivalent.

Employment trends and future projections

  • Although workforce numbers for professional occupations are forecast to rise, the lifelong learning workforce in Greater London is expected to experience a fall in demand of approximately 1%.
  • Despite this, it is estimated that approximately 77,000 people will need to be recruited into the lifelong learning sector in Greater London over the next ten years to fill vacancies largely created by existing staff going into retirement.

Source: The lifelong learning workforce in Greater London Factsheet 2009