LGA responds to centre for cities report on skills gap

"Councils and combined authorities working with local and national partners, play a key role in their communities to both stimulate and meet demand for skills development, through targeted engagement and delivery of a relevant, flexible, local offer.


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Responding to the Centre for Cities skills report, Cllr Sir Richard Leese CBE, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions Board, said:

“It is vital we provide opportunities for unemployed and low-skilled workers to retrain and upskill throughout their lives. Councils and combined authorities working with local and national partners, play a key role in their communities to both stimulate and meet demand for skills development, through targeted engagement and delivery of a relevant, flexible, local offer.

“The Government’s upcoming National Retraining Scheme to support adults retrain and upskill will be critical to addressing our growing national and local skills gaps but it must be part of a place-based policy approach.

“Ensuring the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and the forthcoming Local Industrial Strategies are adequately resourced, have sufficient devolution and local commissioning, and an ability to target provision to support inclusive growth and productivity will be critical to achieving this goal.”

Notes to editors

  • In July 2017, the LGA launched Work Local – an ambitious but practical vision for devolved and integrated employment and skills provision.
  • The LGA has put together a series of Skills Taskforce roundtables designed to bring together industry experts and sector representatives with an interest in making our skills and employment system as effective as possible. More information.
  • Working with the Cities and Local Growth Unit, the LGA has commissioned a comprehensive support offer to councils looking to play an active role supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities in the development of a Local Industrial Strategy. Read further details.
  • The LGA’s #CouncilsCan campaign aims to influence the forthcoming Spending Review and highlight the growing risk to vital local services if the Government does not take action to secure the financial sustainability of councils. Visit our campaign page for more information.