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.
There are clear benefits to this approach – for the economy, residents and delivery organisations – in improving how employment and skills services respond to local needs and how they are organised and delivered locally. Across a medium-sized combined authority, for example, Work Local could result in 8,500 more people in work, additional fiscal benefits of £280 million and a benefit to the economy of £420 million each year.
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