• Bringing town and gown together

    08 May 2019

    David Harvey hopes the signing of a statement of intent between Westminster City Council and King's College London will enable it to increasingly tap into the skills within the university

  • Delivering on the cities challenge

    08 May 2019

    Cities face the huge task of boosting their economies and creating places where all can thrive post-Brexit. Chief executives from some of the UK’s largest cities joined a round table debate with PwC and Core Cities to discuss progress.

  • We need a public policy rewrite to fix social mobility

    08 May 2019

    Donna Hall says the real burning issue at the heart of the social mobility debate is the need to fundamentally reboot the economy alongside local economies and develop a more effective national skills strategy.

  • Fresh push on apprenticeship levy reforms

    30 April 2019

    A broad coalition to push for more flexibility in the apprenticeship levy could be formed to mark the two-year anniversary of the reforms, The MJ understands.

  • Anchors away

    24 April 2019

    David Godfrey explains the symbiotic link between prosperous communities and productive places, and why Localis’ new report stresses the need to deepen the relationship between business and place.

  • 'Productivity deals' with big business needed to jump-start local economies

    18 April 2019

    Councils should strike ‘productivity deals’ with the biggest businesses in their region to ensure residents benefit from private sector growth, a new report urged today.

  • Many Tower Hamlets' businesses not well enough prepared for 'no deal'

    14 February 2019

    There has been insufficient planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario among many businesses in Tower Hamlets, a new report has revealed.

  • Tackling the urban and rural divide

    31 October 2018

    A new report ‘lays out an uncomfortable truth that county areas are some of the least socially mobile’ – but Carl Les says ‘small tweaks’ if taken together could deliver big results

  • Seeing the regional picture

    21 August 2018

    In uncertain times, more people are drawn to the public sector. David Slatter examines how a finely tuned selection process can meet the skill challenges faced by local authorities

  • Building a future

    21 August 2018

    Women working in the construction industry are very much in the minority, but they could be a valuable source of much-needed skills especially post-Brexit. Mark Whitehead reports on a round table discussion attended by executives from industry and Waltham Forest LBC to provide some answers

  • Rayner: Labour would devolve skills

    04 July 2018

    A Labour Government would be committed to devolving responsibility for skills to city regions and counties together with the cash they need, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has said.

  • Mayors renew skills call

    13 June 2018

    England’s directly-elected regional mayors today renewed their call on the Government for greater devolution of powers and funding over skills.

  • The spirit of possibility: place shaping in Wolverhampton

    19 March 2018

    As the City of Wolverhampton develops a new city brand, Tim Johnson discusses the importance of place marketing.

  • Devolve apprenticeship levy for targeted skills development

    08 March 2018

    Significant changes to the apprenticeship levy are needed to achieve its potential, writes Cllr Sir Richard Leese.

  • Andy Street: Championing the West Midlands

    05 March 2018

    Mayor Andy Street believes the West Midlands is experiencing an economic revival, but if all communities are going to share in that success, he needs more support from the Government. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Collaborate with businesses and schools to address skills gap, MPs tell councils

    23 January 2018

    Local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, businesses, schools and colleges should come together to discuss the skills gap, MPs have urged.

  • Changing 5,000 lives

    16 January 2018

    Despite being home to the Shard, Borough Market and the Tate Modern, Southwark LBC is still battling to address the impact of lesser-seen pockets of deprivation. Cllr Johnson Situ explains.

  • Financial acumen 'essential' for county chiefs

    10 January 2018

    The officer brought in by Lancashire CC because of her expertise with figures has described financial acumen as an ‘essential skill’ for all county bosses.

  • Budget needs to back local government

    17 November 2017

    Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says there are no areas where further significant cuts can be made that wouldn’t seriously jeopardise future service delivery.

  • Brexit, automation and poorly skilled workforce threaten economic future

    06 November 2017

    Nearly half of England’s local labour markets are at risk due to an imminent 'migration squeeze' posed by Brexit, automation and an inadequately skilled workforce, a new report has warned.