Policy Forum for London

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


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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for London seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates