Issues for the Observatory to take forward…

The Oracle newsletterThe quarter four 2008 (PDF, 685KB) edition of the Observatory’s new-look The Oracle newsletter, is now available.

This edition reviews our 2008 annual conference, “Better Evidence, Better Policy” with reports on all of the talks and workshops from the day, as well as the main issues that we will be taking forward in 2009.

Podcasts of the day are still available (view in iTunes or another RSS reader).

We welcome your comments on the issues that we’re planning to progress from the day.

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Local migration statistics resource guide

Cover of resource guideAnne Green, David Owen and Duncan Adam from the Warwick Institute for Employment Research have prepared a resource guide on local migration statistics (PDF, 2.7MB) on behalf of Local Government Association analysis and research.

The guide should assist local authorities and their partners in developing local population and migration estimates and trends.

The guide focuses on the strategic importance of international migration and associated issues at local and sub-regional levels.

The guide also outlines the strengths and weaknesses of available data sources and provides a guide to sources of intelligence on migration at local level.

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Graduate recruitment and the ‘credit crunch’

Graduates in gowns and mortarboards at graduation ceremonyAccording to a student briefing recently issued by the University of Birmingham’s Careers and Employability Centre, prospects for graduates seeking employment remain positive in the downturn.

Graduate recruiters and employers who actively recruit University of Birmingham students within a range of sectors and professions report that they intend to continue to recruit graduates at the same level as previous years.

This is due to recognition that recruiting fresh talent ensures business competitiveness now and after the recession.

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LSC publish 2008 Regional Strategic Analysis

LSC leading learning and skillsThe Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has published its 2008 Regional Strategic Analysis Report (PDF, 1.63mb).

The report forms a key part of the Learning and Skills Council’s annual business cycle. Its purpose is to underpin the Regional Commissioning Statement for 2009/10 by providing the evidence to inform decisions about strategic priorities and the learning provision to be commissioned from providers in the West Midlands.

The Strategic Analysis is intended to provide a comprehensive picture of the needs of learners, employers and communities in the West Midlands, and to assess the extent to which the mix and quality of the region’s LSC-funded learning provision meets these needs.

The intended audience are teams within the LSC and key regional stakeholders, as well as colleges, providers and Local Authorities.

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Recognising regeneration excellence in the West Midlands

RegenWM Prizes 2008 logoThe RegenWM Prizes 2008 showcase good practice and recognise excellence in regeneration projects in the West Midlands across a range of categories:

  • Creating outstanding places
  • Successful community engagement
  • Best regeneration team
  • Most transferable good practice
  • Environment and people
  • Good practice in equality and diversity

RegenWM provide a range of case studies on regeneration excellence from across the region, including the Prizes 2008 Winners:

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Census white paper sets out plans for 2011

Helping-shape-tomorrowThe government has published a White Paper, Helping to shape tomorrow, setting out plans for the 2011 Census. The Census will take place on Sunday 27 March 2011 and will be the first undertaken by the new UK Statistics Authority.

Unlike previous Censuses, most of the forms will be posted out this time, with only around 5% being hand delivered. There will also be an opportunity to complete the forms on-line for the first time. Despite these changes, the estimated cost will still be nearly £500 million.

The questionnaire for 2011 will be slightly longer than in 2001.

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Latest health survey for England published

The latest findings and trends identified from the Health Survey for England has been released by National Health Service Information Centre.

The Survey is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health-related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England.

health-survey-for-england-07-trends The latest trends report shows that obesity has increased among adults over the period from 13 per cent for men and 16 per cent for women in 1993 to 24 per cent for both men and women in 2007.

Similarly, the proportion of children who were obese increased from 11 per cent in 1995 to 17 per cent in 2007 among boys, and from 12 per cent in 1995 to 16 per cent in 2007 among girls.

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