From November 2017 till January 2018, we asked for your views on the draft Skills for Londoners Strategy. 660 of you responded to our survey and had your say on topics ranging from career progress to developing new skills, and choices after school, including apprenticeships, studying and employment.
Together with feedback from stakeholders and polling with Londoners, your views have helped shape the final strategy, published on 6 June 2018.
Skills for Londoners sets out the contextual skills challenges London faces, along with the priorities and actions required to achieve the Mayor's vision to make London a city for all Londoners: making sure Londoners, employers and businesses get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive society and thriving economy.
Thanks to everyone who took part! We’ve summed up the priorities of the strategy below.
Empowering Londoners to progress in education and work
The Mayor will create an all-age careers offer to help reduce barriers to participation in lifelong learning and progression in work. In our Talk London survey, 57% felt it was difficult to change sector or role, and almost half of you felt it was difficult to progress in your current or previous role.
City Hall will work with the National Careers Service in London to ensure local needs are met; and for the first time, London will see true devolution of skills through the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in 2019/20. City Hall will seek to increase the number and diversity of adult learners in London gaining the skills they need to participate in society and progress into further / higher-level learning, work or an apprenticeship.
Meeting the needs of London’s economy, now and in the future
City Hall will promote productivity by supporting employers to develop and make the best use of the skills of their current and future workforce, including through use of their apprenticeship levy (a business levy used to fund apprenticeship training, paid by employers with an annual bill of more than £3 million). Our survey showed that half of you felt promoting high quality apprenticeships and inclusive employment as the most helpful for Londoners to develop the skills they need. In our discussions, many of you thought more should be done to promote apprenticeships, and encourage young people to consider it as an alternative to an expensive university degree.
Delivering a strategic city-wide technical skills and adult education offer
City Hall will help improve access to information to support learners and employers to make informed decisions about training through the creation of a Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub. Our survey showed that nearly half of you relied on internet searches to find out about ways to develop new skills. Two thirds of you (64%) were not aware of any government support available for training and 78% of you thought you would probably not be eligible for this kind of support.