Priority Six: Skills Gap
- Reducing the skills gaps by improving engagement between schools and businesses and bridging the gaps to entry level roles
- Addressing the fragmented careers advice and guidance in place across London
- Developing the London curriculum to align it more to the skills needed by employers
- Engaging with the Skills for Londoners board moving forward post Brexit
- Getting employer engagement even earlier with schools – building a breadth of opportunity in London with London Ambitions
- ‘In the period February-April 2016, 27.7% of 16-17 year olds and 11.9% of 18-24 year olds were unemployed, compared with 4.7% of 25-34 year olds, 3.2% of 35-49 year olds, and 3.6% of 50- 64 year olds.’ Unison ‘The Damage’ 2016.
- Most young people educated in the state sector think that their schools prepared them poorly for adult working life
- Young adults who experienced greater volume of school-mediated employer engagement feel better prepared for the adult working world
- Most employer engagement was not helpful in making decisions at age 16, unless teenagers recalled 4+ activities
- Most employer engagement was not helpful in applying for university, unless teenagers recalled 4+ activities’
- Most employer engagement was not helpful in applying for a full-time job, but participation in 3+ activities made a big difference.’ Education and Employers Task Force 2017
- There’s a skills gap between what business and the economy needs now and in the future and the skills and opportunities that young people have
- 60% of children in primary schools will be doing jobs that don’t exist now
- A campaign supporting schools, families and communities to understand the changing face of work
Developing the work of London Ambitions for both the formal and informal sector .
- Work with Skills for Londoners Taskforce, bringing our resources across the statutory, business and voluntary sector
Aligning the work with London Ambitions to create a regional offer to the informal sector.
The ask of the GLA
- To set up a youth advisory committee to support the Skills for Londoners Board and inform the LEAP
- To fully implement London Ambitions across London and ensure that young Londoners have access to high quality careers advice and guidance