This research, commissioned by the GLA and undertaken by RCU, establishes a stronger evidence base regarding the place and value of higher level skills (courses, apprenticeships, and qualifications at levels 4 and 5) in London.
The research highlighted the small, uneven and unstable nature of provision at Levels 4 and 5. Across the capital, there are few examples of centres with large numbers or dedicated specialisms at these levels. Overall participation by London residents in courses has decreased in recent years. The volume joining apprenticeships has increased, albeit from a low base. The representation of levels 4 and 5 in selected priority areas was also mapped through the research: tech and digital, culture and creative, health and social care, low carbon and environmental, and advanced urban services.
The research recommended:
- additional organisational hubs
- closures and restructuring for the safeguarding of provision in light of mergers
- a needs analysis of the graduate workforce
- piloting of credit-based microqualification
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