LMI Bulletin 26/01/2018 (Issue 352)
Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust
LMI Bulletin 26/01/2018 (Issue 352)
Job Gains and Losses
Northern Gas and Power (NGP) is recruiting 150 new staff at its Hartlepool customer service centre. (Gazette Live)
Accord Healthcare has opened a modern pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant on the site of the old Sanofi site in Fawdon in Newcastle . The company says that alongside recruiting some of the workers who lost their jobs when Sanofi moved to France, it will create between 350 and 500 new jobs. (Chronicle Live)
Pryme Group (headquarters in Dundee) is establishing a new engineering base on the Tyne Tunnel Estate with the hope that this will create new engineering jobs in 2018. An example of the complex world of mergers and acquisitions, Pryme Group was created out of the GA Engineering group, which had included the earlier acquisitions of three north east engineering firms, MKW Engineering,Stargate Precision Engineering and TME Hydraulics. It may be useful to look at a company's history before a job application or interview. (Bdaily).
Retail giants Sainsbury's and Tesco have both announced the probable loss of thousands of managerial roles across their stores in the last week. In Tesco this will affect personnel managers in 757 large stores and seven warehouses in the UK, and compliance managers in 667 large stores and seven warehouses.In addition, the job of customer service manager will be scrapped in 266 Tesco Extra stores. (BBC)
Drawing the Future
Education and Employers, a charity with the aim of fostering links between schools/colleges and employers, has published research on the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world. "By a considerable margin (over 10 percentage points), the most popular job for children in the UK was either a sportsman or sportswoman... This was followed by teacher, vet and social media and gaming". The report contains findings on influencers, gender stereotypes, social background etc.
SETA Engineering Apprenticeships
SETA (Sunderland Engineering Training Association) is running an open evening on 1st February at its Washington training centre, for 16-24 year olds who are interested in its engineering apprenticeships.
Higher Education Funded Projects
As part of the Government's support for its industrial strategy, it has channeled £6.1 million though HEFCE to support over 30 universities and colleges to deliver new and enhanced higher courses in conjunction with industry - from advanced engineering to data analytics, and from artificial intelligence to bioscience. In the North East this includes:
Bishop Auckland College - £200,000 - Supporting sustainability and growth of SMEs in County Durham through higher level skills development
Newcastle University - £126,486 - Addressing the national data analytics skills shortage: co-creation of an industry-led Data Science programme
Teesside University - £163,318 - Powering Growth in the Bioscience Sector
The latest release of UK vacancy data shows a new high of 810,000 vacancies for the period October to December 2017, 59,000 more than for the same period in 2016. 88% of vacancies are in the service sector.
The charts below show the total number of vacancies by industry and the ratio of vacancies by number of employees. Business support (administration), health and hospitality (accommodation and food). retail and manufacturing show the highest number of vacancies. The highest rate (demand) was in hospitality, finance &insurance and ICT.
An initiative by Education Development Trust, as part of the delivery of the National Careers Service.