Skills Academies (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Len Duvall OBE Len Duvall OBE Labour

What strategic work has taken place to identify sectors where there are significant skills gaps in London? Which sectors have been identified?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The London Recovery Board brings together leaders from government, business and civil society to oversee London’s recovery from the pandemic.

The London Recovery Board outlined five priority sectors (creative, digital, green, health and social care) for the Mayor’s Academies Programme to focus on and hospitality was later added due to the challenges faced following the lifting of COVID restrictions. Our analysis identified that these sectors face some/all of the following challenges:

•   high vacancy rates •   skills shortages •   skills provision that does not consistently meet employer need, or is not accessible •   lack of workforce diversity/barriers to entry for specific groups •   negative ‘image’ of the sector or lack of awareness among potential applicants.