In order to boost support for disadvantaged adults, the LGA is urging the Government to at least double the Adult Education Budget – some of which funds local authority adult and community education provision – from £1.5 billion to £3 billion.
“Councils support the Government's ambition to create 3 million apprenticeships. Good apprenticeships can give people the experience, skills and understanding that can often lead straight into a full-time job. However the Apprenticeship Levy must be improved in order to reach its potential."
“As the Commission rightly shows, a centralised employment and skills system run from Whitehall is not the most effective way to support people find a job or progress to more rewarding work, something the LGA has long called to be devolved."
“Improving the mismatch between the skills employers need and the support and training being offered to jobseekers is vital to tackle a host of other challenges our country faces, from health and social care to housing."
“Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.”
“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."