Call for Action

London government – the Mayor of London and London Councils – has come together to call for a new devolution and funding deal from government to establish an integrated, properly funded skills and employment system that can meet the city’s challenges now and in the future.

About the Call for Action

The Call for Action sets out the challenges London’s skills and employment system must face up to, and why London needs a new wave of devolution alongside powers to retain a greater amount of taxes raised in the capital.

The capital’s record on delivering devolution to date, the Mayor’s mandate and labour market intelligence, and the boroughs’ reach into local communities mean London government, acting together – and in partnership with London’s businesses and skills providers - is best placed to address these challenges and tailor solutions to local communities.

The Call for Action has won strong support from London’s businesses, learning providers and stakeholders.

Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said:

"With three quarters of the capital’s employers struggling to recruit, London needs a skills system that is fighting fit."

Greater devolution would give London government the accountability and control to deliver a comprehensive employment and skills strategy, including more and better careers advice, apprenticeships and training to deliver the jobs our capital needs. We also need to inspire the next generation about the breadth of opportunities on offer and we’re delighted to be hosting Skills London for the 12th year this November, the UK’s biggest jobs and careers fair for young Londoners.”

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), said:

“AELP is delighted to support the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Strategy as a driver for improved productivity within the capital’s businesses and as a more inclusive approach to ensuring that London’s residents get the skills they need.  We have already seen real evidence that the devolving of the Adult Education Budget could yield better local outcomes and less wasteful use of public money, and therefore independent training providers are happy to work with the GLA to see if some of the recommendations in the Call for Action can further transform the skills landscape for the better. AELP can clearly support some of the ambition expressed in the Call for Action where we fully align, such as Careers Advice, Employment support, Capital Funding and UKSPF and would welcome opportunities to further discuss the GLA’s current thinking on apprenticeships, traineeships and 16-18 skills”.   

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Assocation of Colleges (AoC), said:

“London is one of the world’s great cities to live, study and train in. London’s colleges play a vital part in helping Londoners to be part of that, so the Mayor’s leadership on post-16 education and skills is very welcome. Colleges have real power and potential to lead the way, but have been starved of investment by successive governments for too long now. We look forward to working together to identify the best ways for this potential to be realised, to secure better investment so that colleges can give every Londoner the best opportunity to get on in life and in work.”

The report has also been supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), London Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), HOLEX, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and London Plus.  

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