Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s People & Places Board, responds to the Resolution Foundation’s skills report.
“This timely report highlights how vital it is that our education and training system adapts to a changing jobs market, which means giving young people access to both technical and academic choices and adults access to retraining and upskilling opportunities. This will help foster inclusive economies and start to close our growing skills gaps.
“Councils and combined authorities play a critical role in their communities, working with local and national partners, to both understand employer skills demand and put in place measures to ensure this is met through targeted engagement and delivery of a relevant, flexible, local offer.
“The Government’s upcoming National Retraining Scheme will be important in 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 also be critical to achieving this goal and meeting the needs of our changing economy.”
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