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Skills and Employment Hub

Skilled employees are at the heart of the capital’s economy. Attracting and retaining people with the right 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.

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The Skills Landscape

Understanding the skills landscape

Understanding the skills landscape

There are several education and training options which businesses can access. Click the link below for simplified information and guidance on training routes for your business.

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Government Training Routes

Government Training Routes

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

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

Digital Skills

Basic digital skills have become prerequisites 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:

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Training courses

Training courses

Whether you’re growing your business, changing your career or just starting out, it all starts with skills. Get the skills you need for the job you want with free training courses and qualifications.

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The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit

The National Careers Service provide careers information, advice and guidance. Learn about the free courses available to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills.

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Hospitality Toolkit

Hospitality Toolkit

The GLA toolkit sets out steps you can take to make your workplaces more equal, and present hospitality as a rewarding and sustainable career option.

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Growing your business

Growing your business

The Government’s Help to Grow provides access to management training and software at reduced cost and the London Growth Hub provides support for businesses based in London.

Apprenticeships – a talent opportunity for your business

About Apprenticeships

About Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer and deliver great benefits, from improved staff retention and motivation to increased productivity
  • 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
  • Apprenticeships 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

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
Early Connect

Early Connect

  • Early Connect is a unique pilot running until March 2025 and is being delivered in partnership between the Department for Education, UCAS and the Greater London Authority, aiming to support more young people onto apprenticeships, and to make it easier for employers to find apprentices.
  • Employers can advertise their apprenticeship vacancies to the UCAS website, encouraging students who are exploring post-18 options to apply for apprenticeships alongside other options (including undergraduate courses), widening your audience.
  • Featuring Apprenticeships on the UCAS website gives them parity alongside degree options for those looking at their next steps following A Levels and other level 3 qualifications.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for you to attract talented young people who might not have considered a vocational route.
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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 a 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.

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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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Meet LCCI’s Skills, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee

The Skills, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Committee aims 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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