City Lit Blog
City Lit welcomes Mayor of London’s commitment to improve skills for Londoners
The Mayor of London has today (April 27th 2017) launched Skills For Londoners, an initiative aimed at making sure all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the skills needed to thrive in the modern day economy.
The Mayor pledged to work closely with the following bodies to help upskill London's workforce:
- Businesses to create new high quality apprenticeships and other training opportunities
- Colleges and other skills providers to ensure training meets London's needs
- Government to ensure his team have the funding and control to meet London's skills needs
- Skills for Londoners Taskforce - London's top business and skills experts to support the work
Key priorities for the Skills For Londoners initiative will include investing in state of the art learning facilities and equipment with the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund (£110m over four years); helping young people to develop the skills for digital, tech and creative jobs with the Mayor's Digital Talent Programme; and ensuring young people and adults can access the careers information, advice and guidance they need.
Full details on today’s launch are available on the London.gov.uk website.
Phil Chamberlain, Director of External Engagement at City Lit, has welcomed today’s announcements:
“It was interesting to be in the room today to hear the Mayor’s aspiration to improve skills for Londoners, and the plans outlined are a positive step forward in helping transform the lives of the many Londoners seeking better access to adult education and lifelong learning opportunities. In particular, the £110m Skills For Londoners Capital Fund being made available to skill providers over the next four years is a welcome boost for the sector. We also look forward to working with the newly created Skills For London Taskforce to ensure the Mayor’s aims can be successfully implemented in the coming years.”