Local communities want better jobs, opportunities to improve their skills and ultimately more prosperous lives. This means that Work Local – the Local Government Association’s (LGA) ambitious but practical programme to improve employment and skills services in England through local public-private collaborations – is needed more than ever.
We have one of the most centralised employment and skills systems in the developed world. Different central government departments and their agencies are directly responsible for employment and skills policy, design, funding and oversight. Local areas have little ability to influence priorities, funding or delivery.
Realising Talent: a new framework for devolved employment and skills is the third and final report in a 2014-2015 series, setting out the challenges for our employment and skills system and proposing ways it can be improved.
This report, commissioned by the LGA and published by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), examines how a sample of councils, working with local partners, designed and delivered schemes to provide one-to-one mentoring, training, work placements and apprenticeships.