Labour Market Information underpins quality career and employment support

Posted 29.09.2020

A key function of Stakeholder Managers across D2N2 is to develop partnerships that enable unemployed and inactive people to access quality employment support that is underpinned by good labour market information (LMI).

Quality matters.  Access to up-to-date career and labour market information is key in enabling us to understand the ever changing labour market and identify areas of growth.

Providing detailed information about progression routes, relevant courses and employers and useful networks strengthens our capacity to make effective choices and transitions.  Stakeholder Managers work closely with Insight Specialists based within local authorities to gain access to LMI which is shared across the D2N2 Building Better Opportunities (BBO) partnership.  Localised LMI gives the ability to drill down to local authority ward level to enable employment and support advisers to provide good quality information and advice to those they are supporting.  During the pandemic there has been a perception of very few opportunities for progression.  However, the situation isn’t as gloomy as first indicated: LMI demonstrates a change of trend, for example whilst street retail declines, the need for good customer support is high in a number of sectors – including online retail.

Career and Labour Market Information includes information relating to:

  • Skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market
  • Job applications and interviews
  • Educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements and costs
  • Professional bodies e.g. Construction Industry Training Board
  • Employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
  • Jobs, training and apprenticeships
  • Job demands and working life
  • Financial planning

Labour Market Intelligence is data taken directly from employers to reveal what skills are most in-demand in the workplace, which occupations are becoming less in demand, the overall condition of the workplace, and other vital information.

Organisations such as the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership use LMI to help education providers offer the right courses to learners that teach the skills employers need, to help learners decide what employment roles they’d like to move into via careers advice, and to highlight to the government what trends are affecting the workplace such as automation.

D2N2 Labour Market Intelligence


BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

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