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£1.5 billion funding boost needed to reverse record low number of adult learners

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.

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to national skills fund announcement

“Councils are uniquely placed to ensure communities benefit from the skills our country needs and maximise the opportunities of improving our skills and employment system."

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LGA: The Apprenticeship Levy needs improvement to reach its potential

“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."

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LGA: British Chambers of Commerce skills research shows radical reform needed to tackle crisis

“Twelve million people – the combined population of London, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire – will be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2024."

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LGA responds to UK2070 Commission report on regional inequality

“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."

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LGA responds to the Government announcement of changes to the apprenticeship levy

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, responds to the Government announcement of changes to the Apprenticeship Levy.

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LGA responds to Prince's Trust report into 'looming skills crisis'

“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."

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LGA responds to ONS figures showing annual rise in NEETs

“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.”

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LGA responds to Office of National Statistics figures on young people not in education, employment or training

"Between 2010 and 2020, councils have lost 60p out of every £1 they received from the Government to provide services."

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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."