LGA responds to joint report on £1bn Youth Guarantee, education and employment support

“Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, colleges and many others involved in education and job-training to make sure that nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis, as they are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together."


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Responding to a joint report by the Institute of Employment Studies, Learning and Work Institute and others calling for a £1 billion Youth Guarantee and urgent investment in education and back-to-work support, Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions Board, said:

“This helpful and timely report comes as we move into the second phase of this pandemic and look at what more we can do to help our local and national economies get back on their feet.

“Councils and combined authorities are already working closely with employers, colleges and many others involved in education and job-training to make sure that nobody is left behind after we get through this crisis, as they are ideally placed to bring employment and skills initiatives together.

“It is crucial that any interventions from government are well-timed and best meet the needs of local residents and businesses. Local government is best placed to lead on this, and we look forward to working with government and local and national partners to plan this.”