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LCCI’s Skills and Employment Hub

Skilled employees are at the heart of the capital’s economy. Attracting and retaining people with the rights skills is critical for business growth and productivity.

LCCI has a history of supporting skills development for London’s businesses through advocacy, business support schemes and other initiatives. On this hub, you can learn about the skills landscape, access support for careers and skills development, understand apprenticeships, engage with other businesses and discover different ways to access the talent pipeline.

Skills training routes and courses

Understanding the skills landscape

There are several education and training options which businesses can access. We have provided simplified information and guidance on training routes for your business.

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Government training programmes

A range of government programmes, including some with financial incentives, are available for employers to use in hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff.

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London Government training programmes

The Mayor of London has introduced a number of programmes delivering skills and training, which businesses can take advantage of to train and upskill their workforce.

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Digital skills

Basic digital skills have become pre-requisites for the workplace, with advanced digital skills also necessary for many businesses in light of the constantly evolving technological advancement. View skills training programmes and courses at various levels, which you can utilise for upskilling within your business:

Upcoming Skills Events

Disability Focussed Job and Training Fair

Wednesday 15 November 2023, 10.00am - 2.00pm

This is an exciting opportunity to meet employers with job vacancies, and education and training providers with a range of opportunities. If you are an employer, a training provider, or a support organisation who would like to join us, please register your interest by emailing:

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Disability Awareness Training for Employers

Tuesday 21 November 2023, 10.00am - 2.00pm

The Business Disability Forum will deliver free online training session for employers in central London and beyond. The session will cover: the benefits of being a more inclusive employer, the legal obligations on employers, practical changes you can make to become a more inclusive employer, the support available to you and to disabled employees.

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Skills and Employment Updates

Capital City College Group Academies

The Mayor of London’s Skills Academies supports Londoners get into careers and the capital’s long-term economic growth by helping Londoners to gain the skills they need to enter good work in the digital, green, health, hospitality and creative industries. Capital City College Group Academies is working with the Mayor of London and a range of businesses to produce these skills academies.

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Employing Refugees Measuring Business Attitudes in London

LCCI has worked with Refugee Investment Network on this report, looking at the current state of refugee employment by London businesses, the barriers that are preventing firms from hiring refugees, and what steps can be taken to boost the number of refugees employed by businesses.

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Innovative Mini MBA Qualification for Black Entrepreneurs

SOAS University of London and the Black British Initiative have announced the launch of a new “mini” Master of Business Administration course specifically designed to support underserved black entrepreneurs. The MBA 30 has been curated to provide black entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, knowledge, and networks to thrive in their respective industries.

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Apprenticeships – a talent opportunity for your business

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer, and deliver great benefits, from improved staff retention and motivation to increased productivity. LCCI is pleased to support The London Progression Collaboration (LPC) on their mission to make sure low-paid Londoners can secure better-quality, and to make sure London’s businesses can develop the skills they need to thrive.

LPC can support your business throughout the apprenticeship journey, or work with you just for the stages where you need a bit of extra capacity and expertise.

About apprenticeships

  • An apprenticeship is a paid job with structured formal training
  • Apprentices spend most of their time learning in the workplace by doing their job, with 20% of their time spent on ‘off-the-job’ training
  • Apprenticeship are available across a wide range of sectors and occupations, from digital and tech to care and construction
  • Apprentices can be any age, from 16 upwards
  • Apprenticeships can be used for new entrants to the workplace and to upskill existing members of staff
  • Paid as a regular employee with the same benefits, we recommend London Living Wage
  • Apprenticeships are available from level 2 (GCSE level) through to level 7 (masters level)

Apprenticeship benefits for growing SMEs

  • Give new recruits to your business the skills they need to perform now and to grow with you
  • Upskill your existing workforce to build the new skills you need
  • Attract a more diverse group of staff to your business, and build a talent pipeline to match your ambitions
  • Improve retention, motivation and performance
  • Increase productivity for your business
  • As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training

Growing your Business

Business growth and innovation

Growing your business and achieving productivity requires access to the right skills, information, tools and resources:

  • The Government’s Help to Grow provides access to management training and software at reduced cost
  • Mentoring opportunities are available for business leaders through the LCCI Business Mentoring Programme
  • LCCI’s business support package provides information, support and other resources to help your business
  • The London Growth Hub provides support for businesses based in London
  • Innovation Exchange – This initiative by LCCI connects businesses of various sizes to facilitate learning and exchange of information between them to support business growth and innovation.

Accessing and developing a talent pipeline

Access to a pipeline of talent that is not only skilled but diverse is important for business success.

This includes available a portal highlighting opportunities with businesses as well as training and education providers as well as information.

Find out how you can support people to learn about or enter your industry/business and to recruit people into your business.


LCCI's Skills, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme Partner

Middlesex University

Middlesex is a global university with almost 40,000 students across three linked campuses in London, Mauritius and Dubai. We offer unique opportunities for people to work, study and create change.

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What LCCI is doing

LCCI’s Skills, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee

LCCI's Skills, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Committee aims is to drive transformation, leverage opportunities for new ways of working, and strives to create an environment for innovative businesses to share their expertise for cross-sector learning.

Meet the Committee

Local Skills Improvement Plan

LCCI is delighted to be working with BusinessLDN, Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses and Mayor of London to deliver a London focused, local skills improvement plan (LSIP). The LSIP will play an role in tackling skills shortages by bringing a wide range of employers and educators together to ensure training matches the needs of London’s economy and local labour market needs.

London Quarterly Skills Survey

The London Skills Survey for Q3 2022 highlights the areas in which London businesses are experiencing skills shortages, as well as their projected needs for the future. The survey also considers the barriers businesses face in meeting their skills needs.


Skills Webinars

Watch on-demand our interactive webinars, providing useful insight and guidance on skills and employment.


Get involved

We are bringing together and drawing on the expertise of our members who have experience in education and skills training. We would fall on these stakeholders for input, case studies, interviews and as speakers for events. Please get in touch if you are interested.

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