Skills Academies (2)

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

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Photo of Len Duvall OBE Len Duvall OBE Labour

Aside from hospitality, which other sectors will the skills academies cover?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The London Recovery Board identified the creative, digital, green, health and social care sectors as key to London’s recovery. Hospitality was subsequently added to the Mayor’s Academies Programme (MAP) in the light of high vacancy rates as the sector reopened in the summer 2021.

The priority sectors that will be supported by the MAP face some or all 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.