LMI Bulletin 30/3/2018 (Issue 361)

Produced by the LMI Team at Education Development Trust 

LMI Bulletin 30/3/2018 (Issue 361)

Job Gains and Losses

Tourism company, Parkdean Resorts who are based in Gosforth are looking to take on 50 people in the North East with a further 100 jobs nationwide. The company offer both apprenticeships and a graduate scheme. Opportunities are across the business including in IT, Marketing, Finance and Legal (Bdaily).

Two of the region's manufacturers have announced good news stories.  Liberty which bought out the Tata Steel pipe mill in Hartlepool in 2017, has announced production of large diameter pipe for a project off the coast of Norway. North East Sheets and Panels near Stanley has been recently taken over in a management buy out (mbo) and hope the new injection of money will create more jobs. The business currently employs 30 people. (The Northern Echo)

Conviviality plc has announced plans to file for administration. The company employs around 2,500 people across the UK and is the owner of many brands in the drinks business, including Bargain Booze, Wine Rack  and trade suppliers such as Matthew Clark and Bibendum,  (BBC)



Apprenticeship Higher and Degree Vacancy Listing March 2018
The latest Higher and Degree level apprenticeships have been published by the National Apprenticeship Service. The listing provides details of 40 employers who have degree apprenticeships underway or due to start.

  • In England during the first quarter of the academic year 2017/18 (that's August to October) , there were 11,550 Higher (this includes Degree) apprenticeships starts[1]. This represents 10% of all apprenticeships starts - a similar proportion for the North East. As London always outperforms the other regions, then excluding London, the North East is performing  a little better in Higher apprenticeships starts  
  • In the full year 2016/17, higher and degree level accounted for 7% of all apprenticeships starts

Nexus Rail Training Centre
Nexus has been given the go ahead to build a railway skills training centre delivering operations and infrastructure for its staff in South Shields. The centre will be built by Galliford Try and is due to be completed by Spring 2019.

National Retraining Scheme
The National Retraining Scheme was firsst announced in the Autumn 2017 budget. This report from NCFE and The Campain for Learning presents a useful high level summary of the current public money involved in training and retraing and suggests some of the main issues that should be considered by the strategy.

South West Durham Training is celebrating 50 years in the training business. It was established (...50 years ago), as a subsidiary of Bishop Auckland College.

Claimant Count
The latest claimant count figures were released last week and they show another rise in claimants in the region. However, since March 2017, ONS has not published claimant count data in their monthly bulletin as the roll out of Universal Credit has effectively made this data a misleading representation of changes in the labour market. ONS says , the status of the Claimant Count will be kept under review to see if, once Universal Credit roll-out is complete, it would be possible to reintroduce it to the bulletins and remove its experimental designation.

NB - regional unemployment now stands at 67,000 (LFS Nov 2017- Jan 2018), 20,000 fewer than the same period last year.


  1. ^ Department for Education - these are provisional statistics - the final figures will be published in November 2018 

Bulletin date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:00