MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are London's children being appropriately educated for the future world of work?


Answer for Education

Answer for Education

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Careers education in schools is often described as 'patchy' and 'inadequate' (Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Subcommittee on Education, Skills and the Economy, 2016-17) and employers frequently say that young people leave school not prepared for work. But this picture is not universal and many of the capital's schools are providing fantastic experiences of the world of work to their students.

I am supporting a range of activities to improve this situation: my London Ambitions portal ( helps teachers link with business. I have worked with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to establish Careers Clusters, which help groups of secondary schools work together to improve their careers offer. Team London is linking business volunteers with schools through the Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser programme.