ETF launches new FE workforce data system

The Education and Training Foundation today launched the new SIR Data Insights service. This will provide a free strategic decision making tool for all types of FE and training sector providers, as well as giving policy makers broader-based evidence about the FE workforce.

SIR Data Insights is a significant redevelopment of the Staff Individual Record system which has been collecting data from colleges to inform policy since 1993.  SIR Data Insights is designed for all types of provider to use.  The new system provides improved analytical tools that will enable learning providers across the whole FE sector to collect, analyse and benchmark their workforce data.

The launch of the new system is marked by the opening of the data submission window.  Learning providers can submit 2015/16 workforce data from 1 July to 31 August 2016. As soon as providers enter their data in the system, they will be able to access an immediate online analysis of their data.

The new system allows national data to be aggregated and used for benchmarking as early as September, at the outset of the new academic year. This will provide more timely information for planning and management.  Providers will be able to use the data to benchmark their organisation by type and size.

The SIR Data Insights service will provide a common platform for data submission across the whole of the FE sector. For the first time, independent training providers, adult community learning services and third sector providers will be able to submit their data directly, at contract level, through the SIR system rather than in separate surveys.

David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said,

“People are the key resource for further education and training.  We want SIR Data Insights to provide real value to providers in understanding their strategic workforce needs, to plan the recruitment, development and retention of staff.  This will better help them meet the needs of their learners.”

Head of Research, Sheila Kearney, said,

“We are committed to the long-term development of the SIR system for the benefit of all providers.  In order to benefit, organisations will need to submit their own data.  The more the sector uses it and submits good quality information, the more robust and timely the data will be on which their planning and benchmarking can be based.”

The new SIR system comes with a dedicated help desk facility to support providers in submitting data.  The help desk is open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.  Providers can either ring on 0345 833 9040 or email

Providers can login or register to submit data now at:

For more information, contact: 

Stephen Cox, Head of Strategic Communications | 020 3740 8280

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