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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.

Support and Resources

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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Resources for growing your business

  • The Government’s Help to Grow provides access to management training and software at reduced cost
  • 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 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.


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:

Support for digital businesses from Blenheim Chalcot

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 opportunities, 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

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.

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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.

LCCI Skills Roundtable Series

In February 2024, LCCI hosted the first in a new series of roundtables, led by LCCI's Skills, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Group, intended to develop practical solutions to the soft skills shortages facing London businesses.
This first discussion focussed on the hospitality sector and brought together a consortium of industry leaders, policymakers, and educators. Despite being one of London's largest sectors and a key driver of economic prosperity, the hospitality industry faces acute talent shortages exacerbated by the pandemic and changing workforce habits.
At the heart of the discussion lay the recognition of a crucial gap in 'soft' skills, such as effective communication, problem-solving, and resilience, and the need to change the narrative perceptions around hospitality careers. This discussion provided a vital first step towards finding solutions and giving tangible results to the hospitality sector.

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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Skills and Employment Updates

A Guide to Immigration Options for Workers in the UK

This year has seen significant changes to the UK immigration system as the government seeks to reduce the net migration figure by increasing salary thresholds in the work and family routes, restricting access to dependants of certain categories, and raising fees across the board. This is a guide created by Fragomen.

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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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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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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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