How many boroughs have piloted projects since the launch of your Skills for Londoners strategy to support the integration of those who are most disadvantaged? And what has the impact been?
A key objective of my Skills for Londoners Strategy is to empower all Londoners to access the education and skills to participate in society and progress in education and work. Adult education plays a crucial role in supporting improved social integration for all learners, but especially the most disadvantaged. Following delegation of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) we’ve taken steps to ensure provision being delivered across all of London’s boroughs is more inclusive. For example, AEB provision now supports those in low-paid work to access funded training opportunities, as well as supporting Deaf Londoners to train for a first qualification in British Sign Language.
Our £71m European Social Fund (ESF) programme will also support many of the most disadvantaged Londoners in every borough to get better skills, improving their job prospects and social integration outcomes.
Our ESOL Plus pilots test innovative approaches to overcoming barriers to ESOL for adult learners in London and have to date supported programmes in Croydon, Kingston, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.