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North Lanarkshire

Area Overview

  • Population: 340,000
  • Size: 470 square kilometres
  • Location: Central Scotland

Key Contacts

  • Employability Lead: Paul Kane, North Lanarkshire Council
  • Opportunities for All Lead: Pauline O'Neill, North Lanarkshire Council
  • Community Learning & Development: Please visit the CLD Directory
  • Local Colleges: New College Lanarkshire

Area Profile
The structure of North Lanarkshire economy has undergone a major transformation in the last twenty years.  North Lanarkshire's economy has been most affected by the loss of its heavy industry, particularly during the 1980s and early 90s, and more recently significant reduction in its manufacturing sector which has suffered a decline of approximately 40% between 1995 and 2008 (representing a loss of some 10,000 jobs).

This rapid decline in manufacturing has been more than offset by the increase in service based industries.  The growth in financial and business services in North Lanarkshire between 1981 and 2008 outstrips that of the Scottish economy as a whole.  As a result, the last twenty years has seen a significant shift from an industrial to a service based economy, with an increasing business start up rate, more people in employment and a growing local economy.

The population of North Lanarkshire in 2014 was 338,000, an increase of 2,700 since 2008. North Lanarkshire has a slightly larger percentage of the population aged 5-15 and a lower percentage of the population aged over 65, than the Scottish average.

The recent economic recession had a major impact on North Lanarkshire.  Between January 2008 and February 2012, the unemployment claimant count (JSA) increased from 4,926 to 12,714; an increase of 158%. This was a significantly higher increase than the Scottish average of 104%.  However, the claimant count has been falling slowly but steadily over the last 18 months and in March 2016 the claimant count had fallen to 4,308 which is actually 12.5% lower than the January 2008 figure which is only slightly lower than the Scottish decrease of 15.5%.

Qualification Levels
The percentage of working age adults in North Lanarkshire with no qualifications is significantly higher than the national average - 13.2% in North Lanarkshire vs 9% in Scotland.

Community Planning Partnership Aims and Structure
North Lanarkshire's Employability Strategy for 2015-2018 'Access to Opportunities' can be accessed by contacting Paul Kane at North Lanarkshire Council .

Local Employability Website
The North Lanarkshire's Working website  provides information and support for local jobseekers, employers and those working within local employability services.  It also includes details of events as well as courses on offer through the partnership.

Management Information System
North Lanarkshire currently operate the Hanlon system.


Key Documents

Employability Strategies / Action Plans / Business Plans
North Lanarkshire's Working combines the services of North Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire Motherwell Coatbridge and Cumbernauld Colleges,  Routes to Work Ltd and North Lanarkshire Volunteer Centre. The partnership has been established to breakdown the barriers which prevent people from finding work locally and to challenge the misconceptions that North Lanarkshire has little to offer in terms of employment and training.

North Lanarkshire Youth Employment Activity Plan (February 2019)

Related strategies / frameworks


NOMIS Local Authority Labour Market Profiles
The  North Lanarkshire Labour Market Profile profile brings together data from several sources, and includes information on employment/ unemployment,  economic inactivity,  employment by occupation, qualifications, earnings by residence, out-of-work benefits and jobs (total jobs/ employee jobs). 

Skills Development Scotland    
Skills Development Scotland have prepared local labour market information and intelligence for each of the unitary authorities in Scotland that includes:

  • Local Authority LMI Profile including; employment rates, claimant count unemployment, top 10 vacancies by occupation and youth unemployment
  • More Choices, More Changes report  including; 16-19 year olds not in employment, education or training
  • School Leaver Desitination Return and Skills Intervention Report

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS)
SNS Standard Area Profile covers a range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above.

Community Health Partnership Profile

Assurance and improvements plans 2012-15
Assurance and Improvement Plans set out an assessment of performance risks for each council in Scotland.  AIPs are valuable at highlighting themes about which councils should be working to provide themselves - as well as their LAN - with assurance that risks to performance are being managed effectively. Follow the link to view the  North Lanarkshire Assurance and Improvement Plan.

Case Studies

Here you can read case studies giving details of different programmes and success stories in the area:

Further Information

Here you can find documents and news stories about initiatives that have taken place in the local area.

Local Services

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