This month, London South Bank University announced it would be starting the first degree-level apprenticeships in Chartered Town Planning from September. Given the shortage of planning expertise in the public sector, this is a great initiative, and would you consider using your Adult Education Budget responsibilities to support apprentice planners through the GLA and London Boroughs?
I welcome London South Bank University offering the first degree-level apprenticeship in chartered Town Planning. I hope this will help to address the skills shortages in the sector and the challenges local planning authorities face in recruiting planners in London.
Building more capacity in the sector is a priority for delivering Good Growth. This is why I supported the establishment of Public Practice, as part of my Good Growth by Design Programme, to increase the built environment expertise in local government in London and open up the profession to those who may not have otherwise entered this sector.
I am also continuing to call for devolution of apprenticeships to City Hall, to enable us to better meet London’s skills needs and ensure that Londoners and London’s businesses have greater access to the opportunities apprenticeships can provide.