Education & skills

At West London Business (WLB) we believe sustained focus is needed to enhance links between business and schools, promoting enterprise and employability skills in the school, Further Education and Higher Education curricula.

We support the work of our charity partners, Action West London and Spark! in this area, as well as local education and training providers. They work with many hundreds of businesses across West London each year supporting young people transition into the world of work.

We particularly welcome the framework introduced in the ‘London Ambitions’ report (June 2015), as well as initiatives such as UTCs and Studio Schools.

WLB firmly backs the idea that the Mayor should have control over London’s skills funding. The capital’s need are unique and require dedicated attention and budgeting.

Our policy work through 2016, in the area of Education and skills, will investigate:

  • Apprenticeships
  • The future of our Further Education colleges
  • Knowledge transfer between local Universities and businesses

All our work will be underpinned by a focus on local labour market intelligence and plugging the skills gap.

Education & Skills Policy Commission
By cooperating through apprenticeships and knowledge transfer, businesses and universities can develop a hiring environment more conducive to matching qualified applicants with fulfilling careers, as well as increase innovation and productivity in the West London economy.

The panel, established in late February 2016, will explore the challenges of education and career hunting in West London and potential solutions to unemployment and skill gaps in the talent pipeline.

Find out more about this commission in the panel’s draft Terms of Reference.

Find out who is a member of the commission panel.

If you feel issues are missing or the Terms of Reference need amendment, please get in touch with

Founding sponsors of this policy commission are Brunel University London & PwC.

Policy Responses

WLB response to government Apprenticeship Levy consultation – September 2016