Green and digital partnership brings together employers, local authorities and the education sector to close the skills gap – FE News

A unique public-private partnership designed to help tackle skills shortages in the green and digital skills sector has launched with its first event for employers.

Funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Local London Green Jobs and Skills Partnership brings together education leaders, local authorities and employers from the local London sub-region in east and south-east London to create courses and deliver training to help upskill people to work in these crucial sectors.

With approximately 32,000 green jobs currently on the rise to 110,000 green economy roles projected by 2050, the Partnership is reaching out to employers who work or live in the sub-region to play a role in developing two significant green and digital programs, including the creation of a green and digital employer advisory committee.

At the first engagement event last month, employers in East and South East London heard from representatives from Local London, London South East Colleges (LSEC), Newham College and London Retrofit Programme, on the areas significant growth in green jobs.

The London Retrofit Housing Action Plan, which was developed by London Councils for local authorities in the capital, has highlighted significant future green jobs and skills needs, with immediate needs in the housing sector. houses and buildings.

The event provided an opportunity to discuss the government’s Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs), which include reforms for skills and technical education post 16. This highlighted the need to make training and skills development more responsive to local workforce needs and the need to align courses to meet current and future skills needs in the green and digital sectors.

Dr Sam Parrett, CBE, Group Principal and CEO of London & South East Education Group said: “We are delighted to be part of this pioneering partnership work with eight other FE colleges, 10 authorities and 30 employers, which builds on the recently GLA-funded work we have done on the Mayor’s Building Academies.

“This kind of collaborative approach is essential if we are to effectively tackle the many skills gaps that are emerging in new industries in London. Our aim is to ensure that people in the capital have access to the exciting jobs on offer. support employers with a pool of high-quality skills.

“This first event was a great success, giving us the opportunity to update our partners and employers on the progress of the Mayoral Academy.”

“We look forward to continuing this work with our partners, creating opportunities for all.”

Sarah Murray, director of Local London, said: “I am delighted with the positive response and insightful discussions we had at this event from all key sectors and partners involved.

Collaboration between education providers, businesses and local authorities is essential to identify where the growth of green and digital jobs will occur and to ensure that local people have the skills and training to prepare them for these roles. exciting. Employers on the Green and Digital Advisory Committee will play a key role in helping to move things in the right direction.

I am delighted that through this unique project, we are paving the way to contribute to social mobility and broaden the participation of all in the emerging green and digital sectors.

Dominic Millen, Retrofit London Program Director, said: “With over 100,000 renovation jobs estimated to be needed by 2030, it is essential that there are collaborative approaches like the Local London Green Jobs & Skills Partnership. The first event for employers is an example of how different sectors can come together to help create the jobs and skills we will need as we transition to a green economy.

Paul Stephen, Principal and CEO of Newham College, said: “Through close collaboration and coordination, we aim to make it easier for every business and resident seeking a career in low-carbon technology to gain the skills they need. We are proud to work across the skills sector to help people and businesses thrive, while taking action to address the prevailing climate challenge of our time.

This pioneering partnership is keen to continue engagement with employers and will feature other initiatives including expert events, knowledge exchanges and green and digital innovations. This employer-led intelligence will help residents take advantage of the green jobs boom expected in the coming years.

If you are an employer and would like to get involved or would like to find out more about London’s local strategic projects and be part of the Green and Digital Employer Advisory Board, please contact Loraine Williams, Head of Green Innovation, Local London by email [email protected]

A copy of the recording of this event can be accessed on the Local London website

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