Developing a strategic, city-wide approach to skills
11 June 2018
On Wednesday, the Mayor launched Skills for Londoners – the first ever stand-alone skills strategy by a London Mayor.
The strategy sets out the Mayor’s vision and priorities for ‘a city for all Londoners — to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed in fair, inclusive society and thriving economy.’
It seeks to create a more strategic, city-wide approach to skills, working collaboratively with employers, providers, boroughs and others to deliver better outcomes for Londoners and London’s businesses.
The strategy looks ahead to next year when we’ll see devolution of the Adult Education Budget to the Mayor.
This is the first time that London will see true devolution of skills, with more than £300 million to be invested annually in London’s learners – a momentous opportunity to better meet the needs of London’s economy.
Devolution of these funds will put London firmly in the driving seat in terms of supporting adults aged 19+ to access the skills they need to thrive.
The strategy will be followed by a Skills for Londoners Framework, setting out more detail on how we plan to commission the Adult Education Budget and other skills funding streams.
This includes a greater focus on outcomes – funding training that supports Londoners into work, apprenticeships, further and higher-level learning as well as wider social benefits.
We’re also looking at how to make adult learning more accessible to more Londoners, including fully funding courses for those earning below the London Living Wage.
To help build a system that works better for Londoners and London’s businesses we plan to set up a London Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub. This will bring together information on skills needs and job vacancies in London to provide a better picture of what training is needed and where people can access it.
We will also create a London Occupational Skills Boardwith employers to advise on how to improve the industry relevance of training in London. More details will follow in the summer.
The Mayor wants to make London’s skills system the envy of the world, but we can’t do this alone.
Collaboration with businesses and other partners is key to realising our ambitions. So, we’re delighted to have worked so closely with London First and its Skills Commission on the development of the Skills for Londoners Strategy.
We look forward to continuing this invaluable engagement. Together, we can make sure that Londoners and London’s businesses get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive society and thriving economy.
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