A Learning and Work Agenda for the next Mayor of London

13 April 2016

The next Mayor of London can support 300,000 new jobs, cut working poverty and boost Londoners’ skills according to a new paper published by Learning and Work Institute today.

Despite being the fifth largest metropolitan economy in the world, too many of London’s young people and working adults are locked out of education and training or are stuck in low pay without routes to progress.

The policy paper, part of Learning and Work Institute’s Policy Solutions series, provides the next Mayor of London with a route-map towards full employment, cutting working poverty, making London the Apprenticeships Capital and providing opportunities for the near-100,000 young Londoners out of work and learning.

Close The Gap: A Learning and Work Agenda for the next Mayor of London will be launched at a roundtable at Westminster Kingsway College, Victoria, this afternoon with Fiona Twycross AM and Stephen Knight AM providing their views on what the next Mayor can do to achieve a more progressive and inclusive labour market (spokespeople for the Conservative Party have been invited). 

Stephen Evans, deputy chief executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:

“The next Mayor of London will have access to unprecedented powers over London’s skills system which should make a real difference to the opportunities available to Londoners and London’s businesses to progress and grow.

“Right now, London’s employment rate lags behind the UK average and Londoners don’t always have access to the jobs that are being created. Today, we’re setting out what the next Mayor of London can achieve with control over London’s employment and skills services such as supporting 600,000 people who need help with basic literacy, numeracy or digital skills; providing career ladder programmes to people stuck in low paid work and guaranteeing a job or training to every young Londoner.”