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 (2015), as well as initiatives such as UTCs and Studio Schools.

WLB firmly backs the greater devolution of skills funding to the Mayor of London. The capital’s need are unique and require dedicated attention and budgeting.

Our Education and skills policy work is presently focused on:

  • Apprenticeships;
  • Education-business partnership, including the Gatsby Benchmarks; and
  • How employers and education institutions can keep pace with tech change from AI to automation.

All our work is 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 education institutions 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 West London Education & Skills Policy commission was launched in late February 2016. The Commission published its draft report in early March 2017. The final report, with minor amendments,”Education-business links, Apprenticeships and embracing automation in West London” was published in September 2018.

Find out who is a member of the commission panel.

Please contact if you have any queries regarding the report.

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

Consultation responses

WLB response to government Apprenticeship Levy consultation – September 2016