Agency to equip Londoners with job market skills


Getting more unemployed Londoners into work will be the main focus of the city's economic development strategy, the London Development Agency has claimed.

A new report from the agency shows that more than 30 per cent of working age adults in London are not in work, due mainly to a relatively low skills level in the city.

Groups such as disabled people, lone parents, households with children and ethnic minority groups are facing particular problems in getting into employment, the report found.

"Whilst great strides have been made since 2001 in delivering my economic development strategy this updated report shows that there is still much work to be done to tackle worklessness in our city," said London mayor, Ken Livingstone.

"The government's proposals to give me greater powers over skills will enable me to develop a fully integrated approach to skills and employment to ensure all Londoners benefit as the capital grows and prospers."

A focus for the agency will be equipping jobless Londoners with appropriate skills for today's job market, it said.

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