Policy Forum for London

Next steps for tackling the London skills gap - training and guidance, funding and the Mayor’s skills strategy

Morning, Thursday, 17th May 2018

Central London


This seminar will consider the steps that can be taken by policymakers and stakeholders to develop a city-wide approach to skills in order to support London’s economy.

The discussion is timed to consider the findings of the Skills for Londoners Taskforce, who are expected to deliver a new London’s Skill Strategy in early 2018, which seeks to support Londoners to develop the skills required by the Capital’s economy.

Delegates will explore how London’s education and FE sectors can most effectively align skills provision with the requirements of growing sectors within London’s economy, looking in particular at the Mayor of London’s proposal to devolve additional responsibility for the further education sector to London, and how the £110 million made available under the recent Skills for Londoners Capital Fund might be allocated.

Further sessions will consider what can be done to encourage Londoners to develop career skills such as coding and STEM skills, the impact of initiatives such as the Construction Academy Scheme in increasing skilled workers, and the future for plans to develop more high-quality apprenticeships - considering the feasibility of the Mayor’s manifesto pledge to ring-fence the Apprenticeship Levy for London.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including representatives of employers and trade unions, schools, the FE Sector, training providers, local councils, lawyers, members of the HR profession, and reporters from the national and trade media.

Guest of Honour

Anthony Impey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Optimity and Member, Skills for Londoners Taskforce

Guest of Honour

Anthony Impey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Optimity and Member, Skills for Londoners Taskforce

Keynote Speakers

Councillor Darren Rodwell

Leader, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Executive Member, City Development, London Councils

Marilyn Hawkins

Associate FE Commissioner, Department for Education and Member, Skills for Londoners Taskforce


Joe Dromey

Senior Research Fellow, IPPR

Janette Welton-Pai

Partnerships Manager, Greater London, Construction Industry Training Board

Sarah Sturrock

Director, South London Partnership

Jill Whittaker

Managing Director, HIT Training

Emily Chapman

Vice President - Further Education, National Union of Students

Senior speaker confirmed from City Lit