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Apprenticeships in London

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

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

The Government has missed its target to begin 3million apprenticeships by 2020. How are you working with the Government to improve the apprenticeship system in London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It is vital that Londoners have access to the opportunities that apprenticeships provide, but since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, apprenticeships in London have fallen from 44,380 in 2016/17 to 40,750 in 2018/19 – a reduction of 8%.

To increase the number of apprenticeships in London, we have invested £1.3m in three Apprenticeships for Londoners projects, which will help businesses make best use of the apprenticeship levy to create nearly 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities.

We have also been working with the Department for Education on the 5 Cities Project to support apprentice diversity across all sectors and levels of apprenticeships.

We have worked with London’s businesses and London Councils to develop proposals for government to make the Apprenticeship system work better for London, and in the Skills for Londoners: Call for Action made the case for further devolution so we can make the system work better for London.