Skills for Londoners

Skills for Londoners Strategy 2018

The Mayor's Skills for Londoners Strategy has now been published.

The document sets out the Mayor's plans to create a post-16 technical and vocational education and skills system that meets the needs of Londoners and businesses.

About the Strategy

Skills for Londoners is the first post-16 skills and adult education strategy produced by a London Mayor. It sets out the contextual skills challenges London faces, along with the priorities and actions required to make the London skills system the envy of the world and achieve the Mayor's vision for: 

'A City for all Londoners - making sure Londoners, employers and businesses get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive society and thriving economy.'

There are three key priorities at the heart of the Strategy: 

  1. empower all Londoners to access the education and skills to participate in society and progress in education and work
  2. meet the needs of London's economy and employers now and in the future
  3. deliver a strategic city-wide technical skills and adult education offer

Alongside this Strategy the Mayor has recently published his final Skills for Londoners Framework following consultation. The Framework outlines how the objectives of the Strategy will be delivered in the context of the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB)[1] in London to the Mayor from the academic year 2019-20, transferring responsibility from the Department for Education for the delivery of adult education provision to London’s residents. It sets out the implementation plans for the AEB, as well as the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund.

The Framework was consulted on between 17 July and 17 August 2018. A report analysing the responses to the consultation and identifying any changes made to the final Framework can also be downloaded alongside the final Framework.

Read the final Framework and accompanying consultation report.

Read the full skills strategy evidence base supporting the Strategy and Framework.

[1] The AEB covers skills provision for learners aged 19+ including Adult and Community Learning. It is delivered by a range of different provider types including general FE college, local authorities, independent training providers, sixth form colleges and universities.

Public consultation

The Strategy was shaped following public consultation between November 2017 and January 2018. This included ten consultation events and written submissions from London's public, private and voluntary stakeholders.

Consultation with Londoners included quantitative, representative polling through YouGov, a Talk London survey and discussion threads as well as focus groups and interviews with target audiences. The resulting reports and data - which include valuable insights for providers - can be viewed on the London Datastore.

There was strong support for the Mayor's vision, priorities and actions in the draft Strategy overall, and there were no major areas of policy opposition. However, several consultees suggested amendments or additions. These are detailed in the consultation report to the Mayor and many have been incorporated into the final Strategy.

Research and reports

London's transformed skills system will have evaluation and evidence at its heart. Below are some examples of the research and supporting documents that have helped shape the Mayor's work to improve skills for Londoners.

Mapping ESOL Provision in Greater London

This report maps English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in London. It aims to support London boroughs to understand the English language needs of its learners.

London Adult Community Learning Review Report

This report supported the London Area Review. It aims to put in place a long term plan for Adult Community Learning in London.

Digital Talent programme research and resources

These reports helped shape the development and direction of the Digital Talent programme - part of the Mayor's plan to improve London's digital skills.

Basic Digital Skills Entitlement Consultation Response

This GLA consultation response outlines City Hall’s views on the forthcoming Basic Digital Skills entitlement and accompanying qualification reform.