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06 September, 2018

• WITH our changing economic landscape and the many challenges presented by Brexit, it is vital that all Londoners are equipped with the training and skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

Businesses of all sizes in our capital also need to be able to access talent locally, as well as further afield.

However, due to deep and sustained government cuts to youth services and schools, too many young people are being left behind in our capital, with some becoming vulnerable to crime and gang exploitation. We can all agree that this is an incredibly sad and unacceptable state of affairs.

To tackle this, the Mayor of London has recently launched the second round of his Skills for Londoners Capital Fund, aimed at reaching out to thousands of Londoners, including young people who are not currently in employment, education or training.

I would urge all local further education colleges and training providers to bid for a share of the £82million worth of funding, which could go towards securing vital investment in new first-class facilities and equipment.

JENNETTE ARNOLD AM
Labour & Co-operative Party

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