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London’s talent

"London First’s assistance in running a mentoring scheme for senior police and business leaders to help achieve this helps us create a safer and stronger London"

Bernard Hogan-Howe
Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Despite its overall prosperity, London’s unemployment rate is one of the highest in the UK – and has been consistently so since the early 1990s.

Skills provision in London needs more direction from the Mayor, stronger business leadership and accountability if arrangements are to serve the needs of the capital in an environment of increasing global competitiveness.

London First aims to:

  • Ensure London’s workforce is appropriately skilled to compete for the jobs available
  • Equip the capital with a high quality workforce that benefits a world city
  • Persuade policymakers to refocus skills provision so that training is better matched to London employers’ needs

Key Themes


London’s critical mass of talented people from around the globe is a major competitive advantage. Uncertainty in the business environment, specifically with respect to immigration policy, tax and...

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Apprenticeships are a valuable way of getting more Londoners properly trained and into lasting jobs. By employing an apprentice, businesses are able to provide opportunities to young people and...

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Skills London

Businesses looking to inspire and recruit the next generation of students, trainees and employees are looking ahead to Skills London 24–25 November 2017 at ExCeL London. Watch the highlights of...

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