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Business led learning, the solution to the skills gap?

Naomi Smith, Executive Director, Campaigns, London First 

We know the skills gap is affecting business across the capital, and will continue to impact economic growth unless long-term solutions are put in place. But, there’s much to learn from the great work already taking place and our Skills Commission is shining a light on what’s working and how to replicate or scale it up.

John Allan, Chairman, London First

I took our Chairman, John Allan to see what’s happening in the changing world of 14-19 education. London First member UEL’s new University Technical College is a solid example of where business and the public sector are joining forces to bring about change.

The Design and Engineering UTC is sponsored by a range of employers and kitted out with industry standard equipment. Based in the Royal Docks, the heart of East London’s regeneration zone, it’s a fitting environment to look to the future. Young people undertake highly vocational courses in a real-world learning environment. It’s not just the state of the art equipment that benefits these students, it’s access to first class work experience and business mentoring that prepares them for the world of work. Something employers have long addressed as one of the key skills gaps.

But, what more can be done? The Skills Commission has launched its inquiry, to map the gap in the skills system, and how business can step up and form part of the solution.

We’re looking for insight on the skills challenges your business or industry faces, what you’ve put in place, and how that’s working. Please respond to this consultation with your input by 31 October.

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