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North West

  • The SkillsActive sector contributed £834m in output to the North West economy in 2004 – more than twice the average annual growth rate of the North West economy as a whole over the last 5 years.
  • The active leisure, learning and well-being sector in the North West employing an estimated 60,200 people in paid jobs. This accounts for 13% of England sector employment.
  • The most common skills lacking or need improving were sport specific technical skills, team working, basic computer/IT and communications skills.
  • The median spend on training is £1,000-£4,999. Trained staff attended an average of 18 days training compared with a national average of 11 days.
  • Operational roles (e.g. lifeguards and green keepers) are most likely to receive training.
  • 39,654 people participated in LSC funded learning on sport-related learning programmes.
  • Total funding for sport related study in the North West was £30,001,488 – 18% of all England sector spend on sport-related learning (estimated to be £121.7million)
  • One college in the region provides work-based learning for the Caravan sector.
  • The playwork industry remains largely dependent on FE provision. The main qualifications undertaken are certificates, NVQs and diplomas in playwork.

Source: Sector Skills Agreement Executive Summary – North West 2006 and North West Sector Skills Agreement Regional Action Plan 2006