The City Growth Commission considers skills development and in-work progression as factors in raising productivity and contributing to city growth.
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Long-term economic prosperity depends on employers growing through recruitment, utilisation and investing in the skills of their workers. The potential is huge: 43 percent of workers have skills they aren’t using at work.
Government interventions in the skills agenda frequently focus on public sector provision of further education. However, the nature and scale of skills policy challenges vary considerably across each of the UK’s major metro areas.
Interventions must be locally responsive in order for investment to be well targeted. Locally accountable authorities need power to control government spending on skills, and set local labour market policy, at a scale commensurate with metro labour markets.
Stronger local powers and national incentives:
Control Adult Skills Budgets locally at the metro level
Pilot Workforce Development Personal Budgets
Create a redundancy retraining voucher scheme
Provide a statutory framework for metro minimum wage
Smarter approaches to targeted investment:
Fund Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) through a one percent levy, ringfenced from all public funding for adult skills provision
Offer a labour market integration programme for international arrivals
Create sector specialisms among JobCentre Plus branches in large metros
Visit the City Growth Commission website for more information.