Find out how Leeds City College uses curriculum planning to serve the need of a dynamic local market. You will gain understanding of the importance of the Local Market Intelligence (LMI) in the process of curriculum planning and the innovative tools and methods used to support the process. 

This brochure outlines the college’s approach to using labour Market Intelligence (LMI) to underpin and inform the development of a flexible and responsive curriculum which meets current and future market demand.  

Within this brochure there are examples which demonstrate the college’s approach to curriculum innovation. Here’s a brief outline of what you will find:

Here is a brief introduction to the project and an excerpt relating to Curriculum planning. Click below for the full case study


With more than 40,000 students and over 1,300 staff, Leeds City College is one of the largest Further Education Colleges in the country. For a college of this size and in such a vibrant region to be successful, it needs a big strategic vision, and this is exactly what Colin Booth has been attempting to drive since his appointment as Principal & Chief Executive in October 2015. Noted by Ofsted as a “programme of culture change to raise standards leading to students’ enjoyment, development and success,” the College has developed a five-year strategic plan which includes the commitment to:

  • Inspire students to succeed by providing excellent learning through a personalised student learning journey
  • Build effective partnerships enhancing our reputation as a lead deliverer of all vocational and work-based learning
  • Provide products and services designed to meet local and regional skills needs
  • Apply innovative solutions that seek commercial opportunities.

to support educational priorities


One of the more obvious applications of Analyst is in curriculum planning because the tool has a dedicated curriculum planning function. In the context of future potential cuts in the their budgets, the College intends to use the data to analyse their current curriculum offer against jobs, openings and projected changes. This will help understand where there is alignment, where there are gaps, and therefore where the College should focus and grow the curriculum to better align with current and future market demand for skills.

The entire case study covers many other themes in vocational education, such as:  

  • Understanding Regional Skills Needs, 
  • Business Planning & Bid Development, 
  • Employer Engagement, 
  • Apprenticeships, 
  • Marketing and Recruitment