Posted on 28 October 2010 by Oliver Nicholls
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced the approval of twenty four local enterprise partnership proposals earlier today. Those approved included the following from the West Midlands:
- Birmingham & Solihull with E. Staffordshire, Lichfield &Tamworth
- Coventry & Warwickshire
- Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
- The Marches
Those not approved at this stage included:
- The Black Country
- The West Midlands overarching proposal
Read more on the Birmingham Post website
A map of approved local enterprise partnerships is available from geocommons.com
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, West Midlands | Tagged: Birmingham Solihull, BIS, Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Eric Pickles, LEPs, local enterprise partnerships, Stoke and Staffordshire, The Marches, Vince Cable, Worcestershire | 1 Comment »
Posted on 22 January 2010 by Andrina Dhillon
The Black Country Consortium are currently advertising for a Head of Intelligence and two researchers to join their team.
The closing date for applications for both posts is 29th January 2010.
Filed under: Black Country, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, Research | Tagged: Black Country, Black Country Consortium, Black Country Observatory, jobs, vacancies | Leave a comment »
Posted on 7 December 2009 by Andrina Dhillon
This guest post was contributed by Christopher Styche from the Black Country Observatory.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) were used as a tool for analysis in a project looking at brownfield land across the Black Country during the end of 2006–2007.
The purpose of the project was to inform policy makers involved with the implementation plans for the Black Country and emerging core strategy.
There was a strong partnership approach to this work with representatives from all four local authorities (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton), as well as the Homes and Community Agency and Advantage West Midlands.
This post describes the project step-by-step and the role of GIS within the project.
Filed under: Black Country, Dudley, Geographical Information, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton | Tagged: Black Country, Black Country Consortium, Black Country Joint Core Strategy, Black Country Observatory, brownfield land, evidence based policy, geographical information systems, gis, land use | Leave a comment »
Posted on 9 June 2009 by Katy Bregazzi
Map showing levels of worklessness in the Black Country May 2008 (click map to view at full size)
How can we tell whether real progress is being made towards achievement of the Black Country’s aspirations?
The aspirations are set out in the Black Country Vision and the Black Country Strategy for Growth and Competitiveness.
The answer may lie in the newly developed Black Country performance management framework, which consists of 24 key indicators that measure achievement of the Black Country Strategy.
Supporting maps for each indicator are available on Black Country Knowledge (registration required).
Filed under: Black Country, Data, Dudley, Economy & Labour Force, Geographical Information, Maps, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton | Tagged: barometer reports, Black Country, Black Country Observatory, Black Country Vision, gis, indicators, performance management, strategy | Leave a comment »
Posted on 12 December 2008 by Steven Dovey
The Black Country Observatory has published the Black Country Education Barometer 2008 today.
The report indicates that Black Country schools are starting to close the gap with the national average GCSE performance.
There was a 6.6% increase in the percentage of Black Country pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs (compared to 4.2% nationally) and an 8% rise in pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths (compared to 2.6% nationally).
The Black Country must grow by 9.2% each year to reach the national average (in GCSE inc. Eng & Maths) by 2011.
Filed under: Black Country, Dudley, Sandwell, Skills, Walsall, Wolverhampton | Tagged: Black Country, Black Country Observatory, Dudley, education, GCSE, key stage 2, performance, qualifications, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton | Leave a comment »