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London Skills and Employment Board launches draft strategy
New plans were revealed yesterday to reduce unemployment and boost adult skills in London. The proposals were outlined by Mayor Ken Livingstone in the London Skills and Employment Board's (LSEB's) first strategy which will now go out for public consultation.
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has been working with the LSEB to develop the proposals that will determine how its £560 million adult skills budget in London will be allocated in future.
The strategy's targets include increasing London's employment rate to 72 per cent by 2013, reducing the proportion of Londoners with no qualifications to 11 per cent by 2013 and increasing participation in training of those in work to 15 per cent over the same period.
London mayor Ken Livingstone said: "We must ensure that all our citizens have the opportunities to contribute to and benefit from London's success. This draft strategy starts an important debate about how we make best use of all our resources to draw on the talents of all Londoners."
The strategy recommends that funding and delivery agencies work more closely together so that employment and skills services become more integrated.
David Hughes, regional director for London LSC, said: "London has a unique set of challenges, which combined lead to high levels of unemployment. There are massive opportunities ahead with the regeneration of large parts of the city as a result of London hosting the 2012 Games. Having the Mayor, employers and public sector agencies working in partnership behind this strategy is a powerful force for change. Now more than ever, we have the momentum and support to really tackle skills needs in the Capital.
"The LSC will carry forward this exciting strategy, delivering a co-ordinated and comprehensive programme to boost skills for people and business in London.
We will shortly be publishing our priorities which will outline in more detail how the £560 million adult budget will be allocated in London".
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