Skills for London panel discussion
London's rich and global talent pool is one of the key things that makes London the greatest city in the world in which to do business. To maintain London's competitiveness, it's vital that the talent pool is protected, to enable it to grow. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is passionate about the success of London and in today’s economy, it’s more important than ever to support skills and training and to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and that’s why in 2017 he set up Skills for London.
Skills for London is the UK’s first taskforce dedicated to skills and The Mayor of London has invested a record amount in giving all Londoners the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow, including through his £7m Digital Talent Programme. The world moves at an astonishing speed which means that some jobs won’t be around in the next 5 to 10 years and by providing people with digital skills they will be prepared for the future job market and contribute to a thriving economy. Another reason for teaching Londoners the right skills for the jobs of tomorrow is to be competitive on a global scale and Sadiq also recognises the importance of securing a final Brexit deal that ensures London and the UK remain open to European and global talent so we can share our resources and talent.
At Pearson College London, careers and employability are embedded into all of our courses to ensure our students not only receive a high standard of education but they also receive knowledge of how their chosen career fits into the professional world. Our Deputy Vice Principal (Talent Development), Frances Trought, was selected to take part in the panel discussion today, to discuss the priorities for the skills agenda in London, to ensure that all Londoners have the opportunity to pursue education and training in the skills that our future economy needs. By holding events with industry leaders and some of London’s most innovative thinkers we can work together to ensure that we deliver more jobs for Londoners and create a thriving economy within the city. Frances will be joined by an esteemed panel, including Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business; Mark Hilton, Skills and Employment Director, London First. All three will be able to provide unique points of view on how we can reach a common goal.
“At Pearson College London we recognise that engaging with industry in both the development and delivery of of our courses is the only way to ensure that we develop graduates with the skills to compete in the digital age.”
On 23rd-24th November, Skills London will be holding their first, and the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event. The two day event aims to provide visitors with the opportunity to find out more about careers through interactive, inspirational activities and talks, and helps students visually bridge the gap between what they enjoy doing and what they could potentially do as a career.
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