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North East

  • The SkillsActive sector contributed £333m in output to the North East economy in 2004 – twice the average annual growth rate of the whole North East economy over the last 5 years
  • There are up to 1,400 organisations11 in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector in the North East, employing at least 25,70012 people in paid jobs. This accounts for 5% of the sector’s employment in England.
  • 69% of ‘establishments’ report a vacancy compared with 51% in England.
  • 37% of sector organisations with a vacancy found them hard to fill (compared with 29% nationally).
  • The most common skills lacking or needing improving were communication, problem solving, team working and initiative skills.
  • The median spend on training is £500-£999. Trained staff attended an average of 7 days training compared with a national average of 11 days.
  • Coaching, teaching and instruction staff are most likely to receive training.
  • 16,447 people participated in LSC funded learning on sport-related learning programmes.
  • Total funding for sport related study in the North East was £8.6m – 7% of all-England sector spend on sport-related learning (estimated to be £121.7million)

Source: North East Sector Skills Agreement Regional Action Plan 2006 and Sector Skills Agreement Executive Summary – North East 2006