“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."
Responding to the Prince’s Trust report into the ‘looming skills crisis’, which found that almost half of employers struggle to recruit people with the skills their organisations need, Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, said:
“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.
“The current centrally-governed skills and employment system has become fragmented and ineffective for those looking to get ahead in work. Our own research estimates six million people could be caught in a skills gap as a result by 2030.
“Councils can help the Government fulfil its ambition to level up all parts of the country and close skills gaps with powers and funding to deliver one-stop skills services locally.
“We urge government to use the Budget to commit to devolving all back-to-work, skills, apprenticeship, careers advice, and business support schemes and funding to the local areas in which they are used. This would enable councils to build on tried and tested discretionary skills schemes, protect jobs, support more young people into work and drive up economic growth.”
- The report – Local Skills Deficits and Spare Capacity – by the L&W for the LGA aims to model potential skills gaps in 2030 in England with particular focus on eight areas.
- Work Local – The LGA’s vision for a place based approach to employment and skills services.
- Case studies of discretionary schemes run by councils.
- More than £10 billion a year is spent by eight government departments or agencies across 20 different national employment and skills schemes.