5 June 2020 – Working together to ‘Keep London Learning’
Collaborations are the theme of the moment, and possibly the most ground-breaking is the coming together of all London Adult Education providers to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for adult learning. Buy-in from 32 Boroughs is no small achievement.
Despite London’s population, many employers are facing skills gaps. 28,300 London employers report that not all their employees have the right skills for the job. Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of all vacancies in London are due to a lack of applicants with the right skills, while almost half of firms (42 per cent) are not confident they will be able to recruit people with the higher-level skills their organisation needs over the next five years.
Originally devised as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak, this exciting partnership brings the wealth of opportunities at the Adult Education Services together on this website. The borderless approach allows London residents to find their perfect course quickly. Courses offer the option of studying online with support from tutors making it even easier to study.
Arinola Edeh, Principal of Westminster Adult Education Service says: “I’m so proud of the adult education services across London. We have come together with one single objective: to improve access to skills and training for all Londoners. The speed that this project has progressed is astounding and is a measure of the commitment we all have to make this work.”
Supported by Greater London Assembly, Local Government Association and Central London Forward, this initiative marks the beginning of a very exciting time for adult education in the capital.
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills says: “Many Londoners will be concerned about their future employment prospects and may be considering changing professions. I am pleased City Hall is supporting this great resource, which allows people to quickly access online courses and retrain.”