The London workforce needs a huge boost to its digital ability to ensure it has the appropriate business skills, according to the latest LCCI Capital 500 Quarterly Economic Survey (QES).
More than 500 businesses in London were asked how the capital could ensure it has access to the skills it needs. The ways most commonly selected as important were increasing digital capabilities amongst London’s workforce (72 per cent) and expansion of work experience opportunities for students (71 per cent).
Other areas considered important are:
• an immigration system tailored to London’s needs
• a London careers service for all ages
• introduction of T-Levels
• more flexibility in using apprenticeship levy funds for other training purposes
• devolving all 16-18 skills provision to London
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) chief executive Colin Stanbridge commented: “London’s position as a leading global city cannot be taken for granted. By 2020 the capital is forecast to reach a population of nine million and achieve megacity status by 2030 with over ten million citizens.
“We need to ensure that the workforce has the skills to cope with not only this expansion, but the challenges that are produced as a result of Brexit and factors such as artificial intelligence.
“This is why we have been calling for the government to both upskill our current work force through measures such as prioritising new T-Levels in construction and digital areas as well as ensuring that the immigration system is fair and flexible after Brexit.’’