In July 2008, the Mayor launched the Board’s first strategy, London’s Future: The Skills and Employment Strategy for London 2008 – 2013. The Board has a statutory to develop a Strategy and keep it under review and has now completed the first annual review to update and roll forward the strategy to 2014.
The revised strategy, From Recession to Recovery: The Skills and Employment Strategy for London (2009-2014), takes into account the impact of the recession and the steps necessary to contribute to recovery. It maintains the strategic goals for employers, Londoners and the simplification of the employment and skills system as well as establishing a set of short term priorities to March 2011.
The revised strategy is set in the context of the changed economic climate, at a time of reduced public expenditure and in a changing organisational landscape. Our vision is two-fold: to increase the supply of skills required to improve London’s competitiveness and to reduce the high levels of worklessness to overcome the economic and social polarisation in London.
It sets out a balanced approach to short term unemployment, long term unemployment and worklessness and describes our aspiration to integrate services and increase joint commissioning to improve value for money and results for both Londoners and businesses. first Skills and Employment Strategy for London. It sets out a blueprint for the changes required to improve employment and skills outcomes for Londoners and London employers over the next five years.
This revised Strategy and a separate annual report of progress for 2008/09 form the basis of the Board’s accountability to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The first Annual Report features six case studies showing how LSEB's work is bringing systemic change and benefiting services on the ground for Londoners and businesses as well as presenting a picture of the progress the LSEB has made in its first year of strategy implementation.
As part of the annual review process the LSEB commissioned a stakeholder survey of perceptions of the effectiveness of the Board and its Strategy.
The results of the survey are summarised here, along with responses from the Board following consideration of the survey’s findings.