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LGA responds to Skills for Jobs white paper

The LGA have commented on a proposed Skills for Jobs White Paper, which aims to reform education post-16

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LGA responds to Spending Review Restart programme for long term unemployed

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the Local Government Association’s City Regions board, comments on the Government’s new £2.9 billion Restart programme to support the long term unemployed back into employment.

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LGA responds to Social Market Foundation Adult Education Report

"Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we face a growing and stark unemployment crisis, which demonstrates the huge importance of council-commissioned Adult and Community Education services."

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COBRA-style action needed to save 'lost generation' of young people

The Government needs to use the Spending Review to devolve careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas. This would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.

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LGA responds to Prime Minister's training and skills announcement

“It is right that courses should target employers but they also must respond to the needs of different local areas, with a strong role for councils, combined authorities as well as colleges."

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LGA launches Return to Work campaigns to support professionals back into work

Three Return to Work campaigns – focusing on ICT, planning and legal – will identify and provide skilled professionals with free training or resources, so they can restart their highly-valued roles and support councils with their COVID-19 recovery strategies.

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LGA responds to ONS figures showing annual rise in NEETs

“Devolving careers advice, post-16 and skills budgets and powers to local areas, would allow councils, schools, colleges and employers to work together to improve provision for young people so that they can get on in life.”

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Coronavirus: LGA responds to key workers definition

“Across the country, councils and their staff - are on the frontline in the battle against this disease"

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LGA responds to MAC report on immigration salary thresholds

"As the country faces significant skills challenges, councils must be involved in the development of any new immigration system."

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Queen's Speech: LGA responds to national skills fund announcement

“Councils are uniquely placed to ensure communities benefit from the skills our country needs and maximise the opportunities of improving our skills and employment system."