Useful Resources

  1. Equality and Diversity Links
  2. Labour Market Intelligence
  3. Sector Bodies
  4. Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Equality and Diversity Links

TUC equality pages

unionlearn: Barriers to learning

TUC Education: Equalities courses

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Specific TUC pages:


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Using labour Market Information (LMI)

The term LMI is broad, including all sorts of data about the supply and demand for labour. If you don’t feel ready to access the data yourself, many partner organisations, trades unions, unionlearn, plus quite possibly, friendly colleges and universities do have the capacity to quickly analyse data. The more specific your request/need the easier it will be to get a swift reply with useful analysed data.

Skills interventions are often justified by pointing to evidence of a mismatch between the ‘demand side’ (employers’ skills needs) and the ‘supply side’ (the skills held by individuals). Such mismatches are caused by a wide range of factors. Demand for skills can outstrip supply as a result of rapid technological change, an upswing in the economy or a major infrastructure investment. Individuals are often poorly informed and don’t appreciate the potential benefits of up-skilling.

When making the case for an employment or skills-focused intervention, it often makes sense to consider and present evidence about:

The Demand Side

  • What is happening to employment in the sector / occupation?
  • How fast has it been growing?
  • What is it projected to grow in the future?
  • What changes are taking place leading to new skills requirements?

The Supply Side

  • How aware are people of the opportunities in the sector?
  • How easy are employers finding it to recruit to the sector?


  • How prevalent are skills gaps in the sector?
  • What skills are missing?
  • What is the impact of these mismatches, on individuals, enterprise and society?

In order to make this case, project applicants needs to be able to source a variety of forms of labour market information, examples include:


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Sector Bodies


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Charitable Trusts and Foundations

Examples include:

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Esmee Fairburn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK, committing over £38.8 million to a very wide range of work in 2013. It aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK by supporting organisations that do charitable work in the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change.

Sutton Trust
The Sutton Trust as lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust, the Education Endowment Foundation is funded by a £135m grant from the Department for Education. The Trust identifies and pilots programmes to help non-privileged children, undertakes independent and robust evaluations, and scales up successful programmes, often on a national scale.

The Leverhulme Trust
The trust makes awards for the support of research and education, emphasising individuals and encompassing all subject areas. The primary aim of the Trust is to fund original research that advances knowledge of our world and ‘ourselves.

UfI Charitable Trust
The Trust invests in initiatives involving adult and vocational learning using technology. The Trust focuses on projects aiming to help people and communities in England, encouraging partnerships between the voluntary and community sector and the statutory sector.

More ideas can be found on the website of the Association of Charitable Foundations.

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