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Call to fix ‘incomplete patchwork’ of devolution deals

13/05/2024

The next government must extend devolution to 85% of England to address an ‘incomplete patchwork of mismatched deals’, a think-tank has argued.

SkillGate’s Classroom Booking System - Training course booking made easy!

29/04/2024

Streamline your training course booking operations with SkillGate’s Classroom Booking System.

What is a metro mayor?

25/04/2024

A metro mayor is directly elected by local people to oversee a region’s combined authority.

UltraCrete wins Employment and Skills Award at RSTA Annual Conference

18/04/2024

UltraCrete are delighted to announce that they have been presented with the coveted Employment and Skills Award at the 2024 RSTA Annual Conference.

LGA announces 2024/25 Sector Support programme

12/04/2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the 2024/25 Sector Support programme to help councils ‘deliver critical services to communities.’

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games boosted economy by £1.2bn

08/04/2024

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games contributed approximately £1.2bn to the UK economy, according to an evaluation of the impact of the event.

UltraCrete partners with Salford City College

27/03/2024

A new UltraCrete and Salford City College Group partnership will see Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Apprenticeship students become UCARS Accredited.

Putting personal assistants at the heart of care

19/02/2024

Ben Weatherall, co-founder and director of Curam, discusses the skills deficit in the social care system and what to do about it.

National Apprenticeship Week: The importance of a national skills strategy

05/02/2024

Nichola Hay MBE, director of Apprenticeship Strategy and Policy at BPP, discusses the importance of a national strategy with a regional approach.

Study reveals ‘worrying’ state of local government leadership

25/01/2024

Just over half of council leaders and managers believe their local authority isn’t ensuring accountability for failure, an alarming new study has revealed.

Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’

10/01/2024

The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’.

Nine million adults lack essential skills

03/01/2024

Nine million adults lack essential skills with skill level disparities within local areas far exceeding those between local and combined authorities.

Skills shortage ‘putting brakes’ on net zero

12/12/2023

The skills shortage is undermining efforts to reduce carbon emissions and effectively tackle the climate crisis, local authority leaders in London have warned.

Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

22/11/2023

More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

Councils sign cross border partnership

13/11/2023

Two English councils, Herefordshire and Shropshire, and two Welsh county councils, Monmouthshire and Powys, have signed a partnership agreement.

Skills devolution call

17/10/2023

Control of UK skills funding should be devolved to councils to ensure it is tailored to local jobs and economies, a national network of 27 cities has urged.

London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution

09/10/2023

London Councils has named securing devolution of the apprenticeship levy to its boroughs to fund skills and employment activity as a key short-term priority.

New festival to light up Scarborough

05/10/2023

The Scarborough Lights festival will be launched next month as part of a three-year plan to boost arts, attract tourists and improve job opportunities on the North Yorkshire coast.

Wales to consider funding bids straddling English border

11/09/2023

Wales’ economy minister has said he would consider funding bids from a new council partnership that crosses the Welsh and English border.

EXCLUSIVE: Mayors press for trailblazer devolution powers

04/09/2023

Mayors are pressing for devolved powers currently reserved for their trailblazer counterparts in ongoing talks with the Government.

County leaders call for ‘adult education revolution’

04/09/2023

County council leaders have urged the Government to ‘fast track’ devolution deals to help boost the number of people taking part in adult education.

Welsh and English councils announce new partnership

30/08/2023

Councils on either side of the border between Wales and England are set to join a partnership in a bid to seek Government funding.

Liverpool to provide 4,500 tablets to tackle digital exclusion

18/08/2023

More than 4,500 people in the Liverpool City Region will receive free tablets, internet access and training as part of a scheme to bridge the UK’s ‘digital divide’.

Fresh LGA drive to influence MPs over skills

07/08/2023

The Local Government Association has proposed to establish a skills and employment working group as it seeks to influence MPs ahead of the election.

LGA: ‘Radical shift’ towards local employment support needed

25/07/2023

Council leaders have called for a ‘radical shift’ from centralised employment support after a consultation emphasised the benefits of 'local involvement'.

Skills shortage set to worsen with end of European fund

21/07/2023

Local authority leaders have warned that the ongoing skills shortage could get worse as the European Social Fund (ESF) finishes at the end of this year.

MPs call for devolution of employment support

19/07/2023

The delivery of support aimed at helping people into employment should be devolved to groups of local authorities, MPs have said.

Government backtracks on ‘employment only’ adult education outcomes

17/07/2023

The Department for Education (DfE) has scrapped its plans to end funding for adult education courses that are not directly linked to employment outcomes.

Skilled worker shortage undermining net zero drive

01/06/2023

A skilled worker shortage means that at the current rate of heat pump and insulation installation it could take ‘several hundred years’ to meet net zero.

Council chiefs welcome £165m skills fund

25/05/2023

Local authority leaders have welcomed the launch of a £165m skills fund but say councils should be given more powers to help people into employment.

Strategy to deliver ‘joined-up digital inclusion’ launched

22/05/2023

A campaign group has launched a ‘unique and revolutionary strategy’ linking government, industry leaders and community organisations to tackle digital poverty.

Greater Manchester unveils skills devolution plan

15/05/2023

The shape of skills devolution in the trailblazer devolution deals has been outlined by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s time for a new Audit Commission’

12/04/2023

An ex-senior mandarin has today called for a new Audit Commission as The MJ reveals the draft metrics the Government is considering for its new watchdog.

Councils lack skills in deal-making, says commissioner

30/03/2023

Children’s commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, suggested support should be provided to negotiate the market for placements for children in care.

Empowering cities could bring £420m economic boost

23/03/2023

Bringing together employment and skills services in urban areas could result in a £420m boost to the national economy, according to local government leaders.

Planning authorities receive £1m skills boost

20/03/2023

Councils will be able to recruit more skilled planning professionals following a £1m funding boost, housing minister Rachel Maclean has announced.

LGA moves to tackle workforce crisis

10/03/2023

The association’s executive advisory board heard that all of the LGA’s policy boards had highlighted ‘significant workforce capacity challenges’.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills powers

24/02/2023

Local authority leaders have called for the devolution of skills budgets and powers to help them support young people into education, employment or training.

Solving the homelessness sector’s workforce crisis

14/02/2023

Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, discusses the first ever accredited qualification for the homelessness workforce.

County chiefs call for powers to solve rural workforce crisis

06/02/2023

Council leaders have called for powers to tackle labour squeeze as a new analysis reveals that hundreds of thousands of people have left the rural workforce.

Northern councils sign up to ‘blockbuster’ film scheme

01/02/2023

A dozen councils in the North East have signed up to a scheme to help film and TV companies work in the region.

First ever qualification for homelessness workforce launched

24/01/2023

The first ever accredited qualification for the homelessness workforce has been launched to help frontline staff develop their skills.

Be Part of a Net-Zero Future – BEIS-funded training available through the Retrofit Academy

23/01/2023

Retrofit Academy secures funding to deliver over 1200 retrofit courses in England to help the UK achieve its net zero goals by building a skilled workforce.

Council chiefs welcome call to address creative skills ‘blind spot’

17/01/2023

Council leaders have welcomed a call for a Government focus on fixing the educational ‘blind spots' and digital skills shortage impacting creative industries.

Deal reached on North East devolution package

03/01/2023

Details of a proposed mayoral devolution deal for the North East of England have been released.

Better together: how to retain IT talent in the public sector

21/12/2022

Arun Kumar, regional director at ManageEngine, looks at how the public sector can get over its digital skills problem.

Government’s £4bn annual skills spend ‘failing to deliver’

14/12/2022

Council chiefs have called for an end to the centralised approach to training as report finds that the Government’s £4bn skills spend is ‘failing to deliver’.

Gove to sign devolution deals for Norfolk and Suffolk

08/12/2022

Devolution deals are to be signed in Suffolk and Norfolk giving them over £1bn to invest in their communities, the Government has announced.

Cornwall £360m devolution deal unveiled

02/12/2022

A £360m devolution deal on offer to Cornwall has been unveiled today.

Thousands of apprentices quit due to ‘poor quality’ of scheme

28/11/2022

Thousands of people who have taken up apprenticeships to help them develop new skills have dropped out due to the poor quality of schemes, research reveals.

Council leaders call for reversal of adult education cuts

11/11/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to use next week’s Autumn Statement to reverse proposed cuts to community learning courses.

MPs call for end to ‘culture of centralisation’

25/10/2022

The Government should review the requirement to have a directly elected mayor to achieve the highest levels of devolution, MPs say.

Welsh digital and green sector gets £3m boost

17/10/2022

The Welsh government has announced a £3m boost to help support the development of skills in the digital and green sector.

Council chiefs welcome call for £1bn skills funding

22/09/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a call to move away from the top-down approach to skills, and to provide communities with the funding needed to boost employment.

Levelling up little more than a ‘slogan’, MPs say

24/08/2022

MPs have criticised the Government’s flagship levelling up Bill for a lack of clarity and funding commitments.

Skills devolution to boost jobs market by one million

11/07/2022

Devolution of skills funding could allow a million people to return to the jobs market, new research has found.

Councils urged to boost local digital skills

06/06/2022

Councils urged to do more to help small businesses with digital training as evidence suggests businesses are struggling with the social media revolution.

Local college and The Open University to work together in £10m skills scheme

25/05/2022

The Open University is partnering with local further education providers as part of the effort to boost skills and job prospects across the country.

Devolve powers to tackle jobs crisis, council chiefs say

17/05/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to devolve more powers to councils to free them up to tackle the growing job crisis at the local level.

Tech giant Apple awards council for digital skills work

17/03/2022

Scottish Borders Council has been awarded Apple Professional Learning Provider (APLP) status as a result of the technology and professional development the council offers to staff and young people.

Hull and East Yorkshire named UK’s fastest growing region for digital jobs

03/03/2022

Hull and East Yorkshire’s tech sector is one of the fastest growing in the UK, new figures have revealed.

Devolution for all: Gove unveils long-awaited White Paper

02/02/2022

By 2030, every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal, the Government’s long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper has revealed.

LGA launches T Level support programme

27/01/2022

Up to 35 councils will benefit from a new support programme to help them create high quality T Level placements.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills powers

30/11/2021

Local authority leaders are urging MPs to support measures that would see councils have more say in the delivery of skills development at the local level.

New tools maps employment and training schemes

18/11/2021

A new online tool to help councils better understand employment and skills provision in their local areas has been launches.

Is a multi-skilled workforce the future of local government?

17/11/2021

Chris Hornung explains why multi-skilling can provide councils with the tools needed to bridge the gap between different areas, streamline communication and improve productivity?.

Government allocates £200m Community Renewal Funding

04/11/2021

The Government has announced which projects will receive a share of the £200m Community Renewal Funding, and has given local authorities extra time to spend the money.

£30m skills deal approved for South West Wales

26/10/2021

A £30m programme to provide thousands of people access to skills opportunities across South West Wales has been approved by the UK Government and Welsh Government.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund

25/08/2021

More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

Local government can drive the UK’s green skills revolution

10/08/2021

Cara Jenkinson, cities manager at the climate solutions charity Ashden, looks at how local government can drive the UK’s green skills revolution.

Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

09/07/2021

The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.

Call to give councils greater role in creating jobs and training opportunities

18/06/2021

The Government should use the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill to give councils a greater role in tackling unemployment and skills shortages, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.

Councils called on to create new programmes to close skills gap

14/06/2021

Local authorities should create skills programmes to train workers in their areas as part of the effort to tackle the UK’s engineering skills shortages, a new report argues.

Over £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

08/06/2021

The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Queen's Speech: Levelling up takes centre stage

11/05/2021

The Government’s levelling up agenda was at the forefront of today’s Queen’s Speech, but the role councils will play remains uncertain.

Harnessing the power of innovation to ensure that nobody is left behind

12/04/2021

Paul Duan explains how a new online coach is helping to make training and careers advice more targeted and accessible.

Transforming the jobs outlook for young people in Essex

04/03/2021

Nicole Wood outlines how Essex CC has committed to creating 1000 new entry level jobs for young people, of all abilities, within 12 months, using an ambitious three pronged approach.

Long-term unemployment could rise above one million, report warns

01/03/2021

Targeted, local solutions will be needed to tackle long-term unemployment after the COVID-19 crisis, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Report sets out need for new digital operating model

21/01/2021

Local and regional authorities should be given greater power and support to help the Government hit connectivity targets, a report has argued today.

Community-led skills devo should be the way forward

03/12/2020

A more comprehensive and community-led approach to devolution would enable skills strategies and local services to be joined up more effectively, says Charlotte Morgan.

Supporting our young people in the path to economic recovery

03/11/2020

Clare Hatton explains how the West Midlands Combined Authority has made it a priority to support all young people, but especially those not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Khan calls for further devolution of adult education funding

28/10/2020

The mayor of London has urged the Government to devolve adult education funding to the capital or risk undermining its long-term recovery from the pandemic.

Councils calls for COBRA-style action to tackle youth unemployment

06/10/2020

Council leaders have called for a COBRA-style response to tackle youth unemployment and save a ‘lost generation’ of young people.

PM pledges to transform skills and training system

29/09/2020

The Prime Minister has outlined plans to transform the training and skills system to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

From a regional to a national approach: how the West Midlands is leading on apprenticeships

11/08/2020

Jose Lopes outlines a strategic approach to apprenticeships and how the West Midlands’ strong track record and methodology is the perfect vehicle with which to pioneer and boost apprenticeships on a national scale.

Majority of councils lack expertise to deal with flood risk, survey reveals

28/07/2020

Local authorities are facing a critical shortage of the expertise needed to plan for climate change, a new survey has found.

Maximising innovation will help people in a challenging world of work

24/07/2020

Ksenia Zheltoukhova explains how harnessing technology and innovation can make job information and skills training as tailored and engaging as possible.

Chancellor unveils his three-part plan for jobs

08/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the next phase of his plan to ‘protect, support and retain’ jobs in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills investment

17/06/2020

Local authority leaders have said they will work with the Government to develop post-Covid economic recovery plans as figures reveal a fall in employment.

Councils predict one million new low-carbon jobs by 2050

11/06/2020

The low-carbon and renewable energy economy could create nearly 700,000 jobs by 2030 in England, increasing to 1.18 million by 2050, a new report has revealed.

Blackpool Council showcases the true value and results of DFN Project SEARCH

04/02/2020

Cllr Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council, outlines the impact that implementing DFN Project SEARCH’s innovative training programme has had on the council and wider community.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills funding

16/01/2020

Six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030, council chiefs have warned.

Council to launch ‘town-wide’ creative skills project

16/01/2020

Luton Council has decided not to bid to be the City of Culture in 2025 but instead will launch a town-wide creative skills project.

Tories promise cash boost for infrastructure and skills

25/11/2019

A Conservative Government would deliver record investments in infrastructure, childcare and skills, according to the party’s manifesto.

Whitehall announces £18m for a dozen ‘left behind' areas

04/11/2019

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced that the Opportunity Area programme will receive more funding to help improve educational outcomes and careers advice.

Council cuts damaging ‘grassroots’ grass pitches

30/10/2019

Local authority austerity and budget cuts have had a damaging effect on ‘grassroots’ grass pitches, a groundskeeping organisation says.

Council chiefs call for an end to ‘patchwork’ of careers advice

29/10/2019

Local government leaders have called on Whitehall to hand funding and control of national skills schemes to local areas as they warn thousands of young people risk missing out on careers advice.

Integrating migrants could boost economy by £7bn, think tank says

18/06/2019

A think tank has called for the setting up of ‘local integration funds’ to help migrants find jobs that match their skills as part of a series of proposals to improve integration.

Widening the property talent pool

17/06/2019

William Eichler finds out a new programme is encouraging young people to have a career in the property and regeneration sector.

Apprenticeship system ‘failing’ to make progress, MPs warn

22/05/2019

Local government leaders have backed sharp criticism by MPs of the current apprenticeship system.

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