Vector

Informing strategic business and curriculum planning across the post-16 education and skills sector.

Vector is the only tool available in the post-16 education sector that provides a complete picture of 16-18 learning, adult learning, apprenticeships and higher education and compares this to the skills requirements in your local area.

Widely used across the sector, Vector is helping providers of Further Education and Higher Education to identify and quantify opportunities for growth and ensure their curriculum offer is meeting the needs of the local community.

Vector is endorsed by the Association of Colleges.

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Combining ILR, schools data and labour market information, Vector offers a unique insight into your local 16-18 learner market. It provides a complete picture of the curriculum delivered alongside local skills demand enabling you to identify and meet the needs of your local community. Vector also includes a learner projections tool to identify potential growth areas.  Key features include:

  • Market Share and local vocational and academic learner demand

  • Course level curriculum tables with detailed comparisons to other local provision

  • Identification of local skills demand and local demographic information

  • Future 16-18 learner forecasting tool

  • Mapping of local recruitment trends and travel to learn profile

Matt Grant - Principle at Priestley College
The information RCU provided us has proved invaluable in supporting our marketing strategy

Matthew Grant
Principle
Priestley College

Vector offers a valuable and unique link between the delivery of apprenticeships and the profile of employment, skill shortages and demand in your core areas. Using a combination of national ILR data and robust labour market information (LMI), the Vector apprenticeships module includes:

  • Local market share, apprenticeship demand and trends by subject area

  • Curriculum breakdown to show demand for all frameworks and standards

  • Comparisons to other providers recruiting apprenticeships locally

  • Identification of local skills demand and local demographic information

  • Unique skills supply vs skills demand dashboard and analysis tool

Hugh Callaway - Executive Director of Marketing and Learner Services Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education
"We now have an understanding of demand in far more detail than before"

Hugh Callaway
Executive Director of Marketing and Learner Services
Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

Vector offers a unique and detailed insight into your local adult learner market (including funded and non-funded provision). With detailed recruitment and curriculum mapping Vector will inform college planning to ensure you are meeting the needs of your local community and identify potential growth opportunities. Key features and benefits include:

  • Market share and profile of local adult learner demand

  • Breakdown of demand and learner trends by sector subject area

  • Course level curriculum tables with detailed comparisons to other local provision

  • Identification of local skills demand and local demographic information

  • Local recruitment trends and travel to learn profile

Adult learners
Simon Kirby - Director of Marketing & Communications
“Thanks to RCU we have been able to identify specific opportunities for growth and can plan our marketing communications more effectively, maximising our ROI.”

Simon Kirby
Director of Marketing and Communications,
Nottingham College

Combining national ILR and HESA data, Vector presents a detailed picture of the higher education learner market in your area. Key features and benefits of the Higher Education module include:

  • Market share and profile of HE learner market

  • Breakdown of HE learner demand by curriculum area

  • HE learner volumes and profile of delivery by qualification type and level

  • Course level curriculum tables with detailed comparisons to other local provision

  • Comparison between HE recruitment and local resident demographics

“Insights from RCU have helped us develop a curriculum based around demand and the needs of future students.”

Michael Bennett
Head of Student Recruitment
London Metropolitan University

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