Skills

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.

Council chiefs call for action on 'youth jobs gap'

24/04/2019

Local authority leaders have renewed calls for an integrated employment and skills service following a report highlighting a 'youth jobs gap'.

Progress on qualification and skill levels must be made ahead of Brexit

18/03/2019

The Government and employers must do more to increase qualification and skill levels in the British workforce in the face of Britain’s possible exit from the European Union, think tank says.

Southern cities provide more jobs for low-skilled workers than in the North

07/03/2019

Employment opportunities are greater for low-skilled workers in southern English cities than those in the North or Midlands, a think tank has discovered.

Place jobcentres next to council services, London boroughs urge

24/01/2019

Jobcentre support should be placed alongside council services to help tackle long-term unemployment and in-work poverty, London Councils have said today.

UK cities have 'more than recovered', says latest index

01/11/2018

Improving skills levels and new business formation have been the key long-term drivers of city growth since the financial crisis, according to analysts.

New drive to improve adult digital skills

19/10/2018

The Government has launched a consultation aimed at enabling more adults to use computers.

Reform Apprenticeship Levy ahead of Brexit, CBI says

09/10/2018

Business leaders have urged the Government to reform the Apprenticeship Levy in order to help solve some of the economy’s challenges ahead of Brexit.

Skills shortages ‘major’ barrier to building new homes

12/09/2018

Skills shortages will overtake access to finance as a bigger barrier to building new homes, particularly after the UK leaves the EU, warn small house builders.

Whitehall launches £1m skills fund to diversify tech workforce

28/08/2018

The Government yesterday launched two new funds designed to boost diversity within digital and tech workforces.

Councils warn about jobs 'black hole' in tourism sector

13/08/2018

The UK's tourism industry - which is worth £126bn to the economy- is at risk of grinding to a halt due to a growing skills gap and record number of visitors, council leaders have warned.

Business leaders call for Apprenticeship Levy ‘overhaul’

19/07/2018

London’s business leaders have called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of the Apprenticeship Levy and warned changes need to be made to skills provision.

South East councils call for powers to tackle skills shortage

17/07/2018

Councils have called for more powers to help address the skills shortage as report shows nearly all jobs will soon be closed to people without qualifications.

Cities must embrace technological change to prosper in future

18/06/2018

As we stand on the cusp of another age of automation, Andrew Carter says cities need to prepare and adapt to the coming changes to prosper in the future.

Government pledges £28m to help disadvantaged children

08/05/2018

The Government has pledged £28m to provide disadvantaged children and young people with education and training.

Government announces nearly £12m for adult skills training

29/03/2018

The department of education today announced it will be investing nearly £12m in projects aimed at helping adults learn new skills.

Building a future: women in construction

26/03/2018

Women working in the construction industry are very much in the minority, but they could be a valuable source of much-needed skills. Mark Whitehead attended a round table discussion focusing on the issue and considering some solutions.

Think tank outlines priorities for Sheffield's metro mayor

09/03/2018

The new mayor of Sheffield City Region should quickly introduce a ‘clean air charge’ when they take office, address skills gaps and bolster commercial centres, according to a think tank.

'Rise of the robots' could put one in five jobs at risk by 2030

29/01/2018

Automation and globalisation may help boost jobs across the country but they will also compound the North/South divide, a report has warned today.

Councils call for improvement to Apprenticeship Levy

11/01/2018

Councils should be allowed to spend the money returned from the Apprenticeship Levy beyond the two-year deadline, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

Skills shortages reaching 'critical' levels warns report

10/01/2018

Council leaders have called for the radical reform of careers and skills services, after new research shows 12 million people will be unemployed or in jobs they are over-qualified for by 2024.

Think tank calls for ‘skills levy’ on construction industry

01/12/2017

A leading think tank has called on the Government to introduce a levy in the construction industry to boost skills training as part of a plan for Brexit.

Brexit, automation and poorly skilled workforce threaten economic future

06/11/2017

Half of England’s local labour markets are at risk from imminent 'migration squeeze' posed by Brexit, automation and an unskilled workforce, report warns.

Whitehall announces £40m to support disadvantaged youth

05/09/2017

The Government has announced the release of £40m in order to help boost the skills and life chances of young people living in disadvantaged areas.

Councils warn twelve million people will be caught in skills gap by 2024

05/07/2017

Councils have called for new powers to deliver skills and employment services, after new research shows twelve million people will be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2024.

Front line staff ‘left behind’ on digital journey, report finds

28/04/2017

A ‘digital knowledge deficit’ among front line staff is holding back the effectiveness of change programmes in local authorities, new research reveals.

How can you help your local workforce succeed?

03/03/2017

Associate director for work and families at the IPPR think-tank, Clare McNeil, answers the key question.

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