“The Data Science Fellowship with Essex County Council (ECC) sought to identify the demand of job skills within Essex at a district level, using publicly-available jobs data from online jobs listings. This geographic understanding of job skills demand across Essex would enable the ECC to re-position their existing skills training workshops, or co-design new training, to the near-term needs of Essex-based employers. In turn, the ECC would be better equipped to alleviate employment-related deprivation within “Just About Managing” (JAM) households, by encouraging participation in targeted upskilling.
Importantly, this Fellowship project also sought to establish a methodology for longer-term monitoring of job skills trends across each Essex district. These job skills trends can provide valuable labour market insight, helping to guide the provision of ECC services and strategic policy for education and economic development.”