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Education and Skills

The Importance of Education and Skills

The levels of qualifications achieved by school leaver and those which exist in the working population are important indicators for the county.

The level of qualifications achieved by school leavers are an indication of the extent to which the education system helps children to realise their potential and offer opportunities for the future.

The School Census is used by the government, the local authority and its partners to support the drive to raise standards, provide accurate targeting of funding, and assist the monitoring and development of policy.

This distribution of qualifications in the working population is important to understand as it shows the extent to which the workforce is in balance with the opportunities available, and if skill shortages are a factor in holding back the development of the economy. This balance could have an influence on the flow of workers into and out of the county, and whether the county attracts back more highly qualified young people after they leave higher Education.

Understanding Education and Skills

Educational attainment is usually measured by looking at childrens' examination result or teachers' assessments at various stages of their education.

The standard measure for school leavers is the achievement of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including Maths and English).

Qualifications in the population as a whole are measured by looking at the highest level of qualification an individual has achieved. These are measured by qualification levels as follows:

  • Level 1: 1 to 4 GCSEs (any grades)
  • Level 2: 5+ GCSEs (Grades A*-C)
  • Level 3: 2+ A Levels
  • Level 4: Degree level and higher
  • Apprenticeships (these can be at various levels)

Sources of Data and Intelligence

Educational attainment data is collated by local authorities and published by the Department of Education (DofE). It measures the attainment of pupils at Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 4. The LRO holds this data by both school address and pupil home address for children at Early Years Foundation Stage (aged 3 to 5) and Key Stage 4 (GSCEs).

The DofE also produces data about attainment by individual schools.

Highest qualification levels are reported in the Census which gives the most accurate picture of the distribution of qualifications. Between censuses The Annual Population Survey also reports on qualification levels, however, the sample size for this smaller and results are only reported to Local Authority District levels. This is available on Nomis.

Key data for Lincolnshire is available at the bottom of the page

Local Analysis and reports


Skills and qualifications

Qualification Levels in Lincolnshire - Census 2011
Contains an analysis of the latest 2011 Census information on qualification levels of the population and looks at how Lincolnshire currently compares to the national picture as well as the surrounding areas which comprise the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Barriers to Skills and Innovation Workshop Output
The October 2012 event, 'Growing the Lincolnshire Economy' held a group work session looking at barriers to innovation and skills for businesses and asked the attendees to consider ways to overcome these barriers. This document shows the responses given by the event attendees.

Manufacturing and Engineering – Understanding the Lincolnshire Skills Shortage
This report looks at skills issues facing the Engineering and Manufacturing sector in Lincolnshire. Employing 16% of the workforce (GLLEP, 2010), the Engineering and Manufacturing sector plays a key role in the Greater Lincolnshire area. However, in line with national and global trends, recent feedback from the sector has identified skills, particularly at higher management level, as a major barrier to growth. In order to inform their response to this issue, particularly in this key growth industry, the Lincolnshire and Rutland Employment and Skills Board, on behalf of the GLLEP, commissioned FMC to provide a better understanding into Skills as a barrier to growth. Face to face consultations were conducted across March and April 2012, providing depth of insight into the scope, and potential resolution, of the current skills gap in engineering and manufacturing, covering: 1) What employers mean when they report skills as a barrier to growth, 2) Which skills and at what level employers as facing the most difficult problems, 3) The impact on local businesses, and 4) The characteristics of a support programme that would help to address this issue.

Skills and the Local Tourism and Visitor Economy in Lincolnshire
This Intelligence Report (April 2012) Commissioned by the Lincolnshire & Rutland Employment and Skills Board (ESB) on behalf of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), seeks to address the key question of whether or not Skills gaps are substantially hindering the local visitor economy. The report details certain challenges relating to employment and skills issues such as recruitment, retention and workforce development, but overall suggests Skills gaps are not a major hindrance to growth prospects across the whole local Visitor Economy. This general finding is not universal though, with the eastern coastal strip being identified as one area facing particular challenges. The report concludes by detailing some key challenges and opportunities, so giving focus and guidance for future actions on some of these issues.

Skills Needs in the Greater Lincolnshire Agri-food Sector
This report aims to identify Skills needs in the Greater Lincolnshire Agri-food sector, and how these skills issues act as barriers to business growth. The research approach consisted of a succinct review of relevant existing literature, an analysis of core official national datasets and an online survey of 20 agri-food businesses located in Greater Lincolnshire. Its key findings include some specific difficulties concerning Recruitment, Workforce Skills, and other issues, and resulting impacts for businesses. The report examines some key issues of concern in detail, and outlines a set of "next steps" for action.

Towards a better place to work and learn - An Employment and Skills Plan for Lincolnshire and Rutland July 2010
The purpose of this Employment and Skills Plan is to set out a clear framework for action to support employers, individuals, and providers of skills in Lincolnshire and Rutland. The aim is to change the low wage, low skills pattern which has characterised our economy in recent decades. The plan looks at the challenges, issues, and priorities facing the Lincolnshire and Rutland economy.

East Lindsey Coastal Zone Skill Audit 2010
Coastal Skills Audit Report produced by the Institute of Employment Research at Warwick University. The report looks at the balance between supply and demand, and how increasing the demand for skills and training might be facilitated by drawing on evidence from other coastal areas and from abroad.

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