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London needs greater powers on employment and skills (20 August)

20 August 2009

Business organisation London First, whose members include the capital’s leading employers, universities and colleges commented on the pressures facing young people entering the employment market or higher education.

John Attree, London First Director of Employment and Skills said:

“It’s a tough time for young people to be entering university or the workplace. As business in London has been so successful for several decades, it has been the employment and higher education destination for tens of thousands of school and university leavers. We welcome the Mayor’s existing range of initiatives to help these business leaders of tomorrow, but more could be done if Whitehall gave greater powers to London to support the talented young people attracted to our capital city. Government must also ensure that nothing it says or does hampers the return to growth, with all the associated jobs and opportunities it will bring.”

Note to editors

London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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