Science focussed apprenticeships

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1785
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your recently published Jobs and Growth Plan for London points to the potential of a more science focussed economy for London in the coming years and decades. What are you doing to ensure that your apprenticeship programme is aligned to these growth sectors?

Answer

Answer for Science focussed apprenticeships

Answer for Science focussed apprenticeships

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have long argued for a more employer focused skills system that can respond to new opportunities being created in our labour market. The current skills funding system has significant freedoms and flexibilities built in that do allow innovation in designing new apprenticeships that respond to the new jobs in our economy.

The LEP Employment and Skills Working Group have prioritised the issue of an employer responsive skills system and will be working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, skills providers in the capital and employers to ensure that providers are responding to new opportunities for apprenticeships.