The Mayor is determined that London becomes a city where all residents benefit from the capital’s opportunities and success, and where London’s employers and businesses can access the skills they need to succeed and compete, nationally and internationally. To achieve this, London must have a system for post-16 adult education and skills that delivers for all Londoners and employers. This system should be the envy of cities around the world for its outcomes and ambitious standards. It must be responsive to the demands of the capital’s local labour markets, both now and in the future. The Mayor’s vision is for:
‘A City for all Londoners – making sure Londoners, employers and business get the skills they need to succeed in a fair, inclusive society, and thriving economy’
To deliver on his vision, the Mayor has produced Skills for Londoners – a skills and adult education strategy for London (The strategy) which sets out the priorities and measures to improve education and skills provision for Londoners aged 16+, with a focus on technical (vocational) skills and adult education.
The Skills for Londoners’ Strategy Evidence Base (‘The evidence base’) has been prepared by GLA Economics using desk-based research. The data within the evidence base has been used to inform the three priority areas of the strategy, specifically to:
1. Empower all Londoners to access the education and skills to participate in society and progress in education and in 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
While the strategy has a broad focus, with a view to developing a whole system approach to skills, these priorities also inform preparations for devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) (devolved to London from 2019/20). The strategy therefore refers to both the levers that the Mayor has direct control over and those that he would like to control in order to create a more coherent skills system. Further detail on how AEB and other available skills and employment support funding through the GLA will be committed is included within the Skills for Londoners Framework.
In addition to the evidence base, the GLA has conducted wider research, the findings of which underpin the strategy. Notably, the GLA has conducted research to explore Londoners’ experience of the skills and education system. Furthermore, the GLA has consulted employers, colleges and other skills stakeholders in the policy-making process. Finally, the four borough sub-regional partnerships1 in London were invited to contribute their own evidence to help inform the strategy’s development.