Marchmont Employment and Skills Observatory provides research and analysis to support the implementation of employment and skills policies.

About us

The aim of the Marchmont Employment and Skills Observatory is to improve evidence-based practice and policy in the field of employment and skills. It is a research centre based within the University of Exeter's Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) team.

Since 1998 the Marchmont Observatory has provided research and analysis to support the implementation of employment and skills policies and has worked with partners from all sectors to develop innovative approaches to workforce development and social inclusion.

Marchmont has particular expertise in the fields of labour market analysis, monitoring and strategy development. We work closely Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and others to build a robust evidence base and to help ensure effective policy delivery in skills, employment and economic development. We do this through:

  • Supporting the exchange of ideas and good practice between practitioners, policy makers and researchers.
  • Working at the local, LEP, regional, national and European level.
  • Researching new and existing fields of learning, skills and employment.
  • Employment and skills data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Building bids and partnerships for new projects and programmes, including bid-writing.
  • Managing projects and programmes for external and internal (University of Exeter) partners.
  • Stimulating action-based research into key themes emerging from user networks, including production of toolkits and learning programmes.
  • Disseminating research and practice to practitioners and policy makers through a range of media and events / conferences / workshops.
  • Facilitating meetings and conferences.
  • Regular interaction with expert networks and the European Commission’s research programmes.
  • Assisting with the establishment of other Observatories, such as the London Employment and Skills Observatory.
  • Evaluating what works and why.

Because of our presence within the University we are able to draw upon much existing expertise and work closely with the Graduate School of Education, Business School and College of Social Sciences and International Studies.