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LGA: MPs urged to back local government role in fixing employment and skills system

“At a time when the Government is rightly discussing devolving powers to local areas as part of the Levelling Up White Paper, it is crucial that this is not undermined by sidelining the expertise of local government in the delivery of skills and employment support."

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LGA responds to NAO report into effectiveness of Government’s Kickstart Scheme

“To ensure employment and skills programmes are as effective as they can be in future, councils and combined authorities should be placed at the heart of delivering a coherent and local offer building on their proven track record of delivering similar services and support.”

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LGA launches online tool to map employment and skills provision

The Local Government Association has today launched a ground-breaking new online resource to map national employment and skills provision in every local authority in England.

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Spending Review 2021: LGA responds to Multiply Fund announcement

"Councils and combined authorities know their communities best and are uniquely placed to bring together partners to help deliver this funding including through adult and community learning centres."

LGA responds to PAC report into DWP support for employment during the pandemic

"With adequate resourcing and powers and the ability to work in partnership with national government and others at an earlier stage in planning provision, councils can help well-intended but often disconnected national schemes move people into work, and keep businesses recruiting."

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LGA: Councils need to be at heart of levelling up ambitions

“The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill should be used as an opportunity to tackle our fragmented employment and skills system, with a greater role for councils and employers to help create jobs and training opportunities in their local communities."

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LGA responds to NAO report into DWP pandemic support

“Councils want to build on this success to ensure local communities benefit more from national schemes."

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2021 Local Government Apprentice of the Year announced

Karla Overington, Business Administration Apprentice at West Sussex County Council has been named as the 2021 Local Government Apprentice of the Year.

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Addressing post-pandemic long-term unemployment needs targeted local solutions

“As democratically elected leaders and place shapers, local government is the natural partner of central government and is ideally placed to try and ensure that those out of work as a result of the pandemic are supported back into employment as quickly as possible.”

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LGA responds to Skills for Jobs white paper

The LGA have commented on a proposed Skills for Jobs White Paper, which aims to reform education post-16