Job retraining schemes in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

How much government money has been allocated to London for job retraining schemes in the past few months, and to which groups of people are they targeted?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In February, the Department for Education (DfE) informed me of the delegated Adult Education Budget (AEB) for the 2020/21 academic year. DfE increased London’s AEB allocation by approximately £2.1 million to support demand for adult training following the national roll-out of the National Retraining Scheme ‘Get Help to Retrain’ service.

In September, DfE allocated an additional £12.9 million of AEB to fund sector-based work academies and high value courses for school and college leavers. The sector-based work academy programme is designed to help Jobcentre Plus claimants improve their job prospects and help employers to fill local vacancies. I have added a further £1.9 million taking the total amount available to support these activities to £14.9 million.

The government recently introduced the Lifetime Skills Guarantee which will support adults without A-levels to gain a Level 3 qualification. I am calling for this to be devolved in line with existing devolution arrangements.