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2021 Local Government Apprentice of the Year announced

Karla Overington, Business Administration Apprentice at West Sussex County Council has been named as the 2021 Local Government Apprentice of the Year.

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Addressing post-pandemic long-term unemployment needs targeted local solutions

“As democratically elected leaders and place shapers, local government is the natural partner of central government and is ideally placed to try and ensure that those out of work as a result of the pandemic are supported back into employment as quickly as possible.”

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COBRA-style action needed to save 'lost generation' of young people

The Government needs to use the Spending Review to devolve careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas. This would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to key workers definition

“Across the country, councils and their staff - are on the frontline in the battle against this disease"

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Devolve powers and funding to get more young people into work, LGA says as NEET numbers rise

“With more than 790,000 young people not in education, employment or training it is vital that more young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps."

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LGA launches Return to Work campaigns to support professionals back into work

Three Return to Work campaigns – focusing on ICT, planning and legal – will identify and provide skilled professionals with free training or resources, so they can restart their highly-valued roles and support councils with their COVID-19 recovery strategies.

LGA responds to Government's Career Break Returner Programme

“We are pleased that the Government has recognised the importance of supporting the return of good experienced social workers back into the profession."

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LGA responds to MAC report on immigration salary thresholds

"As the country faces significant skills challenges, councils must be involved in the development of any new immigration system."

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LGA responds to NAO report into DWP pandemic support

“Councils want to build on this success to ensure local communities benefit more from national schemes."

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LGA responds to NAO report on apprenticeships

“With a 26 per cent fall in apprenticeship starts between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and many employers still struggling to spend their funds nearly two years after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, further reform to enable greater local flexibility is desperately needed."