NHS skills shortage

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3332
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The NHS is short of support and technical staff. Are you considering using your adult skills powers to help Londoners train to move from lower paid occupations into NHS roles?

Answer

NHS skills shortage

NHS skills shortage

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through the Skills for Londoners Strategy and the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB), I want to ensure that London’s £311m annual AEB provision equips adult learners with the skills they need to enter employment in London’s key sectors, including the NHS. I will widen access to training in basic skills – including literacy, numeracy and digital skills – for Londoners with lower skills and in low paid occupations earning below the London Living Wage (LLW).

I will also commission an in-work progression project as part of my new European Social Fund (ESF) programme. This will help Londoners in low paid work (earning below the LLW) to strengthen their labour market position through gaining Level 4 and above skills and accreditation. The programme will combine this training with tailored career development support, including for roles in London’s key sectors, such as health.