LMI Bulletin 09/03/2018 (Issue 358)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin 09/03/2018 (Issue 358)

Job Gains & Losses

North East construction company Avant Homes has announced that it will be creating up to 360 new jobs. The company will be building 750 homes across six sites in the North East. The sites are at Acomb, Kenton, Bank Foot, Birtley, Chilton, Wingate and Guisborough. (ChronicleLive)

High street clothing retailer, New Look have announced that they are closing 60 shops with around 1,000 staff facing redundancy. (BBC)

Mammoet, the Dutch heavy lifting company and transport company, is investing in a new 180 acre site in Thornaby. This will be the base for 180 staff, with plans to expand by 50% in the coming years (ChronicleLive)


Open Doors. Get into Construction
Between Monday 19th - Saturday 24th March, 'Open Doors' events are being held. This is an opportunity to visit live construction sites and learn more about the skills and job roles on these sites. Visits can be booked using the link above and can be booked as individuals or as a group. A great opportunity for anyone who is considering a career in construction.

How Offshore Wind Could Look by 2050
The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has produced their vision of how an offshore wind farm could look by 2050. Using, autonomous robots and drones, it's interesting to take a look at how things could develop. With advances in technology, the Catapult say that within 12 years, a third of the UK's electricity demand will be met by offshore energy.

Seven things you didn't know about higher and degree apprenticeships (but should...)
As it's National Apprenticeship Week, this article from Which? aims to challenge a few myths around apprenticeships. There is also a quiz which you can do to test your knowledge on apprenticeships, and a downloadable guide on higher and degree level apprenticeships.

Working and workless households in the UK: October to December 2017 
ONS publishes quarterly data from the Labour Force Survey on working and workless households across the UK. The latest data shows that, excluding student households:

  • 59% of UK households were classed as working (all members >16 are employed)
  • 27% were classed as mixed (contains both working and workless members)
  • 14% were classed as workless.

In 2004, 17.5% of households were workless. The number of households in which no adult has ever worked was up 9,000 over the year and now stands at 324,000. 

Regional data can be found here.  An extract from this data shows that the north of the UK features strongly and the north east of England particularly.

On a related topic, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has recently presented its findings on low pay and poverty, commenting,

57% of people in poverty are children or working-age adults living in a household where someone is in paid work; up from 35% in 1994-95.




Bulletin date: 
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:00