The Labour Market

What is it and why is it important?

When starting your search for careers information, potential career routes and progression pathways, your first question should be – What jobs are out there? Matching up what you love and what is actually out there as a career is essential. It is no good training to be the best in whatever sector you love, only to find there are no jobs to go to. This is where labour market information is essential.

Labour market information is compiled by a number of organisations such as – The Government, the National Census, the Learning and skills council and the Chamber of commerce. The information compiled by these organisations allow us to get a really good idea of what sectors are growing, what careers have a shortage of skilled workers and what industries are booming. This provides the best route to gain future proof, satisfying, long lasting careers in the future.

St Helens sits within the Liverpool City Region which has 7 major growth sectors:

Advanced Manufacturing
Visitor Economy
Low Carbon Energy
Digital and Creative
Business and finance
Health and Life Sciences
Maritime and logistics

The development of the Liverpool Super port, the development of tourism and an interest in low-carbon development projects and the North West Gateway project, logistics, transport and distribution, STEM, hotel management, environmental sciences, ecology, languages and restaurant management will become bigger employment sectors in the next 5 – 10 years in this region.

Digital technology is also a big growth sector within the North West, from the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool to Salford Quays developments in Manchester, this is a huge growth sector with few people fully and highly trained to take the positions that are being generated.

How will this affect my Level 3 choices?

Key subjects to study at Level 3, for progression in the North West may be:

  • Health and social care;
  • ICT and computing;
  • Sciences – Biology, Physics, chemistry, Applied science;
  • Maths or core maths;
  • Business;
  • Languages;
  • Geography;
  • Music technology;
  • Film Studies;
  • Creative media and the arts.
How will this affect my post 18 progression?

The Northwest boasts a number of excellent Universities, some with the top TEF Gold standard in teaching and learning. From Russell group Universities to more specialist institutes of higher education, all North West Universities off a diverse range of courses which support the labour market in the city region. From Nursing at UCLAN or Edgehill to Geophysics at Liverpool University, there is something for everyone. Make sure you look past the ‘norm’ too! If you are interested business, why not take a degree in Food manufacturing with business management or interested in ICT, why not look at Game art and animation or Website technologies. These are all degrees on offer in this region.

Want to stretch your wings beyond the North West for your higher education? Looking for the best Universities in the country for your degree? If so, look no further than www.completeuniversityguide.co.uk where you can search for the top universities offering every subject imaginable.

Key Companies in the North West

NHS – www.nhs.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships information in the health care sector.

Jaguar Landover – www.jaguarlandrover.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in engineering and mechanical engineering, manufacturing, finance and business.

Unilever – www.unilever.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeship in business around consumer goods.

Cammell Laird – www.clbh.co.uk – Ship building company – For jobs in manufacturing and business.

Peel Group – www.peelgroup.co.uk – Responsible for Peel Ports development in Liverpool – Will be a major employer for the future.

Novartis – www.novartis.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in the pharmaceuticals business.

Prinovis – www.prinovis.com/en – For jobs and apprenticeships in the printing business.

NSG Pilkington – www.pilkington.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in glass manufacturing.

Stobart group – www.stobartgroup.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in logistics and distribution.

Shop direct – www.shopdirect.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in retail and business.

Santander – www.santander.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in finance.

Maersk – www.maersk.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in logistics and transport.

Atlanic Container Lines – www.ackcargo.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in transport and logistics.

AstraZeneca – www.astrazeneca.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in pharmaceuticals.

Sellafields Nuclear Company – www.sellafieldsites.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in nuclear power.

National Nuclear Lab – www.nnl.co.uk  – For jobs and apprenticeships in nuclear power.

The regional airports – Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon – www.manchesterairport.co.uk and www.liverpoolairport.com

BAE systems – www.baesystems.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in aerospace engineering and security.

Rolls Royce – www.rolls-royce.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in mechanical engineering.

Baxi Group – www.baxi.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in heating and hot water solutions.

Leyland Trucks – www.leylandtrucksltd.co.uk – For jobs in manufacturing and business.

Crown Paints – www.crownpaints.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in manufacturing and business.

Toshiba – www.toshiba.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in business, ICT, and manufacturing.

Waitrose – www.waitrose.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in business and retail.

Booths – www.booths.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in business and retail.

Dr Oekter – www.oekter.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in business, retail, manufacturing.

Merlin Entertainments – www.merlinentertainments.biz – For jobs and apprenticeships in customer services, retail and business.

NXP – www.nxp.com – For jobs and apprenticeships in manufacturing.

Seimmens – www.seimmens.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in manufacturing.

Holroyd – www.holroydcomponents.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in heating technology.

Media City Uk – www.mediacityuk.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in performing arts, creative media and digital technology.

Co-op – www.coop.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in finance and banking.

RBS – www.rbs.co.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in finance and banking.

Christie Hosptial – www.christie.nhs.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in health care.

Whiston Hospital – www.sthk.nhs.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in health care.

Liverpool Women’s Hospital – www.liverpoolwomens.nhs.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in health care.

UK Biobank – www.ukbiobank.ac.uk – For jobs and apprenticeships in medical research.