The London workforce needs a huge boost to its digital ability to ensure it has the skills it needs according a new survey* from London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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%) and expansion of work experience opportunities for students (71%).

Other areas that are considered important are:

  • an immigration system tailored to London’s needs (65%),
  • a London careers service for all ages (64%),
  • introduction of the T-Levels (62%)
  • more flexibility in using apprenticeship levy funds for other training purposes (57%)
  • devolving all 16-18 skills provision to London (52%).

Chief Executive of LCCI, Colin Stanbridge said:

“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.”

*ComRes online survey for LCCI of 561 London business leaders, weighted to be representative of all London businesses by company size and broad industry sector. Fieldwork took place between the 15 February and 15 March 2018. Full data tables can be found here.

About London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI): The capital’s largest and most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.

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