New skills and employment board for London

21-07-2006

London mayor Ken Livingstone has been given a new role at the head of a new Skills and Employment Board for the capital.

As part of new powers granted to the mayor, he will have a duty to promote adult skills in London.

Members of the new board will include top London business leaders, as well as representatives of the Learning and Skills Council and Jobcentre Plus, with a goal to equip Londoners with the skills to meet employers' needs.

The new board has been welcomed by many businesses in London, who feel that the move will help to address problems with low levels of literacy and numeracy among potential employees.

"The Skills and Employment Board has been given the political mandate, now they need to create common-sense solutions that fill the skills gap and enable London businesses to employ local people," said Baroness Jo Valentine of business group London First.

The board will create an adult skills strategy to make sure adult skills spending is prioritised, as well as working closely with employers in order to challenge them to raise their engagement and investment in adult skills.



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