- Population: 340,000
- Size: 470 square kilometres
- Location: Central Scotland
- Employability Lead: Paul Kane, North Lanarkshire Council
- Opportunities for All Lead: Pauline
O'Neill, North Lanarkshire Council
- Community Learning & Development: Please visit the CLD
- Local Colleges: New College Lanarkshire
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
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
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%.
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
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.
Employability Strategies / Action Plans /
North Lanarkshire's Working combines the services
of North Lanarkshire Council, NHS
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
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/
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
- More Choices, More Changes report including; 16-19 year
olds not in employment, education or training
- School Leaver Desitination Return and Skills
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.
Here you can read case studies giving details of different
programmes and success stories in the area:
Here you can find documents and news
stories about initiatives that have taken place in
the local area.
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