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South East

  • There are approximately 7,600 employers in the lifelong learning sector in the South East, including:

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

- 19 higher education institutions, plus the Open University

- over 7,200 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 80 libraries and archives services
- over 230 Learning and Skills Council-funded work-based learning providers, plus other privately funded and voluntary organisations

      • 84% of lifelong learning employers in the region employ less than 10 staff, which is in line with the lifelong learning sector throughout the rest of England and the UK.
      • The lifelong learning sector in the South East accounts for a total output (at basic prices) of approximately £1.9 billion.

      Workforce statistics:

      • Approximately 141,000 people work in the lifelong learning sector in the South East. This is around 17% of the lifelong learning workforce in England.
      • 47% of the workforce is aged between 45-64 years.
      • 60% of the workforce is female.
      • 11% of the workforce has a disability
      • 60% of the workforce is employed full-time.
      • 49% of the workforce is employed in roles such as teachers, lecturers, librarians and youth workers. 17% are in roles such as youth support workers, learning support staff, technical specialists and library assistants.

      Qualification profile of workforce:

      • 66% of the workforce is qualified to the equivalent of NVQ level 4 or above.
      • In further education, 60% of teaching staff in the South East’s colleges are qualified to first degree level equivalent or above.
      • In higher education, 87% of academic staff in higher education in the South East 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 South East 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 South East is expected to increase by approximately 7%.
      • It is estimated that approximately 108,000 people will need to be recruited into the lifelong learning sector in the South East over the next ten years, mainly due to retirements.

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