There are a set of no regrets actions that should be taken now, even while the long-term picture is taking shape. They are:
A new London Careers Service to provide tailored support to young and adult Londoners, with a clear, costed plan for scaling up over time
Support for employees from sectors that have suffered the most due to COVID-19 or automation via a London Adult Retraining Scheme
An ambitious UK skills devolution programme overseen and coordinated by regional employer-led skills commissioning boards
And a London Apprenticeship Fund targeted at small firms and sectors affected by Covid-19 to re-start apprenticeship growth in the capital
A manifesto for the next Mayor of London
Our manifesto called on the Mayor to launch a new London Careers Service to provide tailored support to young and adult Londoners, with a clear, costed plan for scaling up over time. With unemployment in the capital the worst in the country, urgent changes are needed to support adults who need to reskill and those entering the jobs market.
We’ve made the case for a business-led reskilling programme supported by specific funding enhancements to support an employer-led approach to addressing the immediate challenges in our recent report with analysis from Bain & Company
Our Skilling London report sets out a tangible action plan for addressing the longstanding challenges in the skills system such as the lack of transferable and digital skills in school leavers; vital for getting London’s labour market firing again.
London First has taken its Skills London programme virtual in 2021, showcasing opportunities for young Londoners to engage with employers, find out more about what’s out there and find work that works for them