Research & Resources

Lancashire Colleges are committed to the growth of the Lancashire Economy. Through investing in research, we support our colleges to deliver to the Economic and Social Priorities of Lancashire.  Below we have selected a sample of research that we have been involved in and other resources which may be of interest.  To find out more about The Lancashire Colleges Ltd, please view our brochure The Lancashire Colleges brochure 2019.

Demonstrating the Value of The Lancashire Colleges’ Apprenticeships

This report, produced by Emsi on behalf of The Lancashire Colleges (TLC), demonstrates that apprenticeships delivered by the colleges in Lancashire have a significant positive effect on the Lancashire economy, apprentices’ future earnings and the productivity of the businesses that employ them.

Read the full report here.

This report has been funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Skills & Employment Hub has launched its 2030 Technical Education Vision which will act as the county’s technical training roadmap for the next 12 years. To view this, click Lancashire Technical Education Vision.  They have also developed a robust evidence base which identifies key issues in driving a skilled, balanced and inclusive labour market. Through commissioning a range of studies a comprehensive evidence base has been completed which draws together key priorities and objectives from the studies and identifies common themes. The latest study has produced the 2018 Lancashire Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit. Visit the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub website for further information.

Economic Impact of Lancashire Colleges 2014

Regeneris Consulting was commissioned by The Lancashire Colleges Ltd to assess the economic contribution of the colleges to the Lancashire economy. The study has three main elements of assessment:

  • The economic impact of the colleges through their expenditure in the local economy examining the added value generated by improving the skills of the workforce
  • How the colleges are helping to address the skill shortages of seven key sectors in the Lancashire economy.
  • How colleges are performing and where they are making the greatest contribution to the growth of Lancashire’s key sectors. Read more about this study here.

The Lancashire Colleges & Jobcentre Plus – Best Practice Guide

This best practice guide provides college and Jobcentre Plus managers and staff with advice and guidance to provide better support and outcomes for customers. It contains practical insights on how to seize opportunities arising from the closer alignment of Further Education and Jobcentre Plus.

The guide describes the five factors that should be present to assist claimants become confident, motivated learners:

  • Strong Relationships
  • Flexibility and responsiveness
  • Community based provision
  • Two way conversation
  • Employer Engagement

These five factors are inextricably linked, each reinforcing the other and combining to underpin the partnerships between college and Jobcentre Plus staff. Read more of this best practice guide.

We Are Lancashire

Lancashire is a dynamic economic region within the North West and the North of England. It has a unique offer to make and a role to play in the Northern Powerhouse. Lancashire’s leading international and national position in relation to aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing, energy, higher education institution excellence and visitor economy make it a pivotal part of the long term economic growth of the North. See the Marketing Lancashire promotional video here.