Leicester and Leicestershire

Collective Intelligence Skills Observatory

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Welcome to the Leicester and Leicestershire Collective Intelligence Skills Observatory (CISO), home of the Trailblazer Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) for Leicester and Leicestershire. In addition to the LSIP, the CISO contains links to the business survey and a series of skills supply and demand dashboards, which collectively underpin the LSIP.

The CISO has been produced by East Midlands Chamber, one of 38 employer representative bodies developing an employer-led approach to skills planning as part of a new Department for Education programme.

How to use the site

This site can be navigated in different ways. You can either follow the recommended user-group pathways below, developed to explore the data analysis and information in a sequence that will help build a relevant picture by user-group. Alternatively, you can navigate at your own pace and order using the drop-down menus at the top of the page.

The LSIP and Business Survey report can be viewed separately via the buttons on the right.

About the data

The approach taken by East Midlands Chamber to deliver the LSIP is data-led with a focus on automation and sustainable delivery of the outcomes. The CISO provides access to a series of reports and dashboards that give insights into:

  • Skills supply dashboards representing the outcomes of supply side from Key Stage 4, Further Education, Apprenticeships, 16-18 destinations and Higher Education.
  • Skills demand dashboards representing the projection of job growth, top 20 skills - soft, hard and certifications, top job titles across each sector respectively.
  • A Business survey report representing the employers’ voice in Leicester and Leicestershire focusing on 5 themes - Confidence, Investment, Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours.

The data is collected from various sources through web scraping, APIs access, contracts and restricted special access to sources of information. A completely new infrastructure - cloud architecture - is developed to support the LSIP to ensure the system is flexible and easy to scale.