London’s economy is becoming increasingly digital and requires a workforce with a new set of skills. Data innovation, AI and the Internet of Things are having an influence on how we work, the demand for skills and the automation of tasks. Alongside upskilling citizens, better digital leadership at all levels of public services will be required in areas such as transformation, cyber-security and data.
To achieve these goals London needs to make the most of the opportunities afforded through the apprenticeship levy alongside collaboration with the Government Digital Service (GDS) and central government departments and agencies, as well as its own initiatives.
The Mayor’s new responsibility for skills, set out the in the new Skills for Londoners Strategy, proposes significant investment in the skills Londoners need.
The Mayor is starting with the following initiatives:
- enhance digital and data leadership to make public services more open to innovation
- develop workforce digital capability through the Mayor’s Skills Strategy
- support computing skills and the digital talent pipeline from early years onwards
- recognise the role of cultural institutions engaging citizens in the digital world around them