Skills for Londoners Strategy 2018

The Mayor's Skills for Londoners Strategy sets out the Mayor's plans to create a post-16 technical and vocational education and skills system that meets the needs of Londoners and businesses.

About the Strategy

Skills for Londoners is the first post-16 skills and adult education strategy produced by a London Mayor. It sets out the contextual skills challenges London faces, along with the priorities and actions required to make the London skills system the envy of the world and achieve the Mayor's vision for: 

'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.'

There are three key priorities at the heart of the Strategy: 

  1. empower all Londoners to access the education and skills to participate in society and progress in education and work
  2. meet the needs of London's economy and employers now and in the future
  3. deliver a strategic city-wide technical skills and adult education offer

The Strategy was shaped following public consultation between November 2017 and January 2018. This included ten consultation events and written submissions from London's public, private and voluntary stakeholders.

Consultation with Londoners included quantitative, representative polling through YouGov, a Talk London survey and discussion threads as well as focus groups and interviews with target audiences. The resulting reports and data—which include valuable insights for providers—can be viewed on the London Datastore.

There was strong support for the Mayor's vision, priorities and actions in the draft Strategy overall, and there were no major areas of policy opposition. However, several consultees suggested amendments or additions. These are detailed in the consultation report to the Mayor and many have been incorporated into the final Strategy.

Skills for Londoners Framework

Alongside this Strategy the Mayor has published his 2019/20 Skills for Londoners Framework following consultation. The Framework outlines how the objectives of the Strategy will be delivered in the context of the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) in London to the Mayor from the academic year 2019-20, transferring responsibility from the Department for Education for the delivery of adult education provision to London’s residents. It sets out the implementation plans for the AEB, as well as the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund.

The Framework was consulted on between 17 July and 17 August 2018. A report analysing the responses to the consultation and identifying any changes made to the final Framework can also be downloaded alongside the final Framework.

Read the final Framework and accompanying consultation report.

Read the full skills strategy evidence base supporting the Strategy and Framework.

The Mayor has recently consulted on potential changes to the Adult Education Budget (AEB) for Year 2 (2020/21) and beyond. The Mayor committed to make minimal changes to the AEB in Year 1 to maintain stability for the sector during the transition to devolution. From Year 2, the Mayor will begin to phase in some of the changes to the AEB proposed in the Framework.


The proposed changes the Mayor has consulted on are outlined in the AEB Consultation Year 2 (2020/21) report. A summary report of the consultation will be published in autumn 2019.


If you have any questions about the consultation you can contact the GLA Skills and Employment Unit by email at [email protected]

Consultations, research and reports

London's transformed skills system will have evaluation and evidence at its heart. Listed below are the latest consultations, research and reports that are helping to shape the Mayor's work to improve skills for Londoners.

1. GLA response to the Government’s consultation on the review of  post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England

The GLA has responded to the Government’s consultation on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England. The GLA’s consultation response outlines City Hall’s views on the first stage of the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below.

2. Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub Consultation

The Greater London Authority is now consulting on its plans to create a Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub, a digital platform bringing together skills supply and demand data. Find out more information on how to contribute to the Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub Consultation

3. Building on success: increasing higher education retention in London 

This report looks at the reasons behind the non-continuation (drop-out) rate of undergraduates studying at London’s higher education institutions (HEIs).

4. London Post-16 SEND Review

This report gives an up-to-date picture of supply and demand of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision for 16-25 year olds and will support the development of a more ambitious approach to delivering education and training to young people with SEND.

5. GLA response to the Government’s consultation on T-Level Funding Methodology

The GLA has responded to the Government's consultation on Provider funding for the delivery of T Levels. The GLA’s T Level consultation response outlines City Hall’s views on the forthcoming T-Level Funding Methodology.

6. Basic Digital Skills Entitlement Consultation Response

This GLA consultation response outlines City Hall’s views on the forthcoming Basic Digital Skills entitlement and accompanying qualification reform.

7. Digital Talent programme research and resources

These reports helped shape the development and direction of the Digital Talent programme - part of the Mayor's plan to improve London's digital skills.

8. London Adult Community Learning Review Report

This report supported the London Area Review. It aims to put in place a long-term plan for Adult Community Learning in London.

9. Mapping ESOL Provision in Greater London

This report maps English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in London. It aims to support London boroughs to understand the English language needs of its learners.

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