A major initiative to get Londoners back into work with the necessary skills for jobs of the future is being led by New City College, in partnership with 15 other colleges and education providers across the region.
The £6.7m Central London Forward Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) will support all Londoners to develop the skills they need to access the jobs that employers are trying to fill.
The LSIF has been provided by the Department for Education to help education providers respond to the May 2023 Local Skills Improvement Plan created by Business LDN. They identified that all sectors in London are struggling to recruit people with the skills they need to grow.
New City College, working with the project partners, will work to ensure that post-16 training provision is better matched to employer skills demand and the needs of London’s economy.
This will help employers meet their skills gaps, fill vacancies and ultimately get more Londoners – including those from black and minority ethnic communities – into jobs.
The project will run from November 2023 to March 2025 and the two strategic issues being prioritised are Digital Skills and Green Skills.
Examples of projects that the partnership will be delivering, include:
- Creating an online Virtual Reality green community
- Creating low carbon learning spaces
- Training staff and employers in carbon literacy
- Teaching skills to retrofit buildings (cladding, insulating, heating systems, electrical generation systems)
- Training employers to install ground and air source heat pumps
- Building immersive classrooms
- Installing Creative Industries Skills Hubs