About RCU

Supporting the Further Education and Skills Sector for 21 years

RCU began its journey 21 years ago, back in 1993. At that time it was an exciting new start up providing research and market intelligence to support Further Education colleges in the North West of England. Since then the company has really grown in strength and reputation working with colleges , local authorities, training providers, awarding organisations and an array of governing bodies with a remit for the FE and Skills Sector. RCU and the AoC have been working in partnership to deliver the MiDES service since 2010.

The company is wholly employee owned, which means we’re all passionate about what we do and go the extra mile to deliver exceptional service.

We use robust and innovative approaches to provide bespoke solutions for clients, based on data analysis, research and consultancy.

Whether you’re a college, training provider or awarding body looking for intelligence to inform strategic planning, or perhaps a national agency wanting to evaluate the impact of a new initiative, or perhaps you’re interested in finding out stakeholder perceptions, then RCU can help.

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The MiDES Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) tool shows the current and future employment demand for jobs across all occupations at a local, regional and national level. It also provides information on average earnings, current skill shortages, skill levels demanded by employers, and the balance between full and part time jobs.

An additional and unique feature of the MiDES LMI tool is that it allows colleges to directly compare employment demand in their area with the current supply of related apprenticeships.

As part of this service the MiDES LMI tool will be updated with new data and features as and when they become available ensuring that it provides the most relevant source of labour market intelligence for the further education sector.

Access to the MiDES LMI service is through an annual subscription which includes an unlimited number of site licenses, free updates throughout the year and ongoing customer support. Colleges are not required to supply or upload any data to support their use of this service.

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The Vector Market Intelligence Tool provides detailed information on all learning activity within your local area at subject and qualification level. Vector includes interactive charts and maps and can be customised to your individual needs. Vector includes:

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