Helping South Londoners into better jobs
Residents across five south London boroughs will be given more opportunities to learn the skills needed to find better well-paid jobs, thanks to the launch of a new sub-regional group.
The South London Skills and Employment Board is made up of business leaders, training providers and colleges, voluntary sector and council representatives from Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Croydon and Merton. Together they form the South London Partnership (SLP).
Board members will work to help businesses and other employers, encouraging them to invest in staff and supporting career progression through training while working with schools and colleges to provide the courses that will lead to better jobs in the local area and greater prosperity.
While many residents in the region already have high skills levels and good jobs, too many risk being left behind, with a knock-on effect on their income and their well-being.
Similar boards exist across London and the newly formed South London Skills and Employment Board will help to further understand employer and residents’ needs and the skills required to access good jobs.
Next year the government plans to devolve the budget for the commissioning of adult skills in the capital to the Mayor of London. Sub-regions will have a formal role in shaping how the budget is spent. The South London Skills & Employment Board will identify local priorities and feed these back to the London Mayor.
The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding is worth approximately £311 million in London and includes courses such as vocational training, Adult Community Learning (ACL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
The five SLP boroughs nominated prospective board members providing a balance of representatives of key employers, priority sectors (tech/ ICT, construction, retail and hospitality, science, health and care), SMEs, business groups such as chambers of commerce and providers of skills in the sub-region, including colleges and private training providers.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green said:
"The South London Skills and Employment Board will identify skills and employment priorities across the region and we are pleased to have Lidl and Kingston University on the board representing Kingston.
"The job market is continually changing and the board will help to ensure that Kingston residents are able to access and gain the skills and qualifications needed for employment and career progression."
For more information visit the South London Partnership website.