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Training provision for disabled people

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Susan Hall Susan Hall Conservative

How have you partnered with London boroughs, skills providers and trade unions to promote training provisions that support and meet the needs of disabled people?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Boroughs, skills providers and trade unions are represented on the Skills for Londoners Board and sub-groups which support our work on skills.

The London-wide review into post-16 Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision – conducted with London’s skills providers and boroughs - highlighted a significant, growing gap in provision for SEND Londoners.

The largest growth in demand will be for those aged 19+. Through London’s Adult Education Budget, we are working with skills providers, including London’s boroughs, to create a more inclusive education system. I recently announced new flexibilities in the AEB to support the adult education workforce to respond to growing demand for SEND provision and improve the quality of support to learners. These changes follow consultation with boroughs, providers and trade unions on the Skills for Londoners Framework.

The Skills for Londoners Innovation Fund also supports providers to develop projects to improve access to and progression from AEB-funded provision for disabled Londoners.