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  • Happy to make the full list of questions available to anyone who would like a copy. Please let me know. Questions are grouped under the headings of: Structure of local economy Overall economic competitiveness of area Enterprise and innovation Business needs Labour market Skills Economic inclusion Environmental sustainability Housing and infrastructure
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel!

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  • 1. South West Local Economic Assessments : d eveloping consistency Lorna Gibbons, South West Observatory
  • 2. Consistency
    • What areas in the LEA lend themselves to a consistent approach?
    • What are we trying to achieve?
    • What questions are we trying to answer?
  • 3. How can we have a consistent approach without losing local flexibility?
  • 4. Options for consistency
    • The Essex questions
    • Approximately 100 questions
    • Have been shared in the South East with all the Local Authorities
    • Each LA will answer some / most of the questions within their LEA
  • 5. Example of Essex Questions
    • Essex businesses are mostly SMEs. Has this made Essex more or less resilient to the recession?
    • What are the opportunities or constraints affecting key sectors?
    • How many patents per/head of economically active population are registered by Essex businesses as compared to E of E, SE and England? Has this changed over the past nine years?
    • Are certain sections of society removed from the labour market – if so, why?
    • What are the skills gaps in the Essex resident population?
  • 6.
    • Are students leaving school/FE/HE with the right skills?
    • Which urban populations and locations are most in need of intervention?
    • How many affordable homes are required to meet need and where should they be located?
    • What additional land/floorspace will be brought forward through LDFs? Will this be adequate to meet need?
  • 7. How can we address core questions consistently?
    • Common data sources
      • Core indicators
      • Jointly owned research
    • Common approaches to analyses and assessment
    • Other?
  • 8. Worklessness
    • Skills and Learning Intelligence Module are coordinating Worklessness work
      • to share the skills strategy with the Local Authorities as some relevant data will be prepared here etc
      • Job Center Plus a member of the Economic Assessment Steering Group
      • The SLIM website contains access to a wide range of relevant data that should be of help to local authorities in developing their assessments.
      • SLIM is in the process of producing the Regional Employment and Skills Analysis 2010. This is due to be published in January 2010 and will contain an overview of worklessness in the region.
      • Have completed the employment evidence base section of the regional employment and skills analysis.  That will be made available soon.
  • 9. NESS
    • The National Employer Skills Survey (NESS) is undertaken every year. The survey takes the form of a structured interview. The broad categories it covers are:
    • Establishment details
    • Recruitment and Hard to fill vacancies
    • Skills gaps
    • UPSKILLING
    • Workforce Training and Development
    • Business approach
    • Plan to work with LSC to produce consistent data for all LA’s.
  • 10.
    • The table below gives an example of some of the outputs that can be generated.
    Budget for training Training plan Any off-the-job training in the last 12 months Any training over the last 12 months Training Number of staff not fully proficient as a % of employment Any staff not fully proficient Skills Gaps
  • 11. BUT It will not be possible to release any analysis of the NESS until March 10 Number of SSVs per 1,000 employees % of all vacancies which are SSVs Any SSVs Any hard-to-fill vacancies Any vacancies Vacancies and skill-shortage vacancies
  • 12. Existing sources:
    • Links to your Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
    • Crime Maps: http://maps.police.uk/ The Home Office initiative gives the public immediate access to figures on all crimes and specifically burglary, robbery, violence, vehicle crime and anti social behaviour.
    • ONS Place Profiles – Steve Bond – more information in the next presentation
    • Research? Something on Functional Economic Areas / mapping Economic Linkages?
    • Many different ways consistency can be achieved
  • 13. Link between CAA and LEAs
    • Audit Commission don’t performance manage the process but look at how the public sector delivers the outcomes they have identified as their priorities.
    • CAA asks three questions. LEA has a role in the first and third questions.
  • 14. Link between CAA and LEAs
    • 1. What is this priority based on? Where is the evidence for this understanding? Why have you have set this as a priority? How have the districts been involved in these priorities?
    • LEA has a role in evidencing the policy
  • 15.
    • 2. What are you doing? How successful have you been? What do the indicators suggest?
    • 3. This is the ‘so what’ question. How likely is it that you will succeed in what you have set out to do? Has this got legs? Is this sustainable into the future? What actions have been taken to recover (if necessary)? What has changed? Was the evidence base incorrect? How is this feeding back into the LEA?
  • 16. CAA
    • It is recognised that the LEA process is a learning curve.
    • CAA is a fluid process.
    • CAA is a continuous dialogue
    • Even if things are not going in the right direction there will be time to put things right.
    • Audit commission have offered to do a presentation on the links between CAA and LEA’s if this would be useful?
  • 17.
    • Looking at the three main areas outlined in the draft guidance, what are the high level questions we should try to answer in the LEA?
    • What do we need to find out that isn’t likely to be readily available?
    • Can we jointly develop a brief for work to define functional economic areas?
    • How can the Observatory and the RIEP help going forward?