Education & Skills

WLB’s focus is to support local education & training providers alignment with local employers’ needs. Our support for business-education partnership in West London is embedded in our governance with senior Further Education and Higher Education representation on our board.

From education to labour market

With SDF funding from the Department for Education (DfE) from August 22-March 23 we worked with a cluster of SMEs to help them plan to develop green skills in their workforce, supported by local technical skills providers.

In 2021 West London Business and West London Alliance commissioned the Open Data Institute to unpick how to improve data on supply & demand in the education ecosystem.  A follow-on study was published in 2023 as part of the London LSIP. 

In August 2023 the West London “Annex” to the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) was published following sign-off by the Secretary of State for Education.   This sets out priority areas for improvement of technical/ vocational education provision in West London.  The DfE is now investing £4.8m from the Local Skills Improvement Fund (LSIF) into West London’s priority development areas.

To improve insights into the West London Labour Market we publish a quarterly LMI report, powered by Lightcast.

Cultivating connections

Cultivating connections is vital to developing an employer-responsive education ecosystem. A high impact education sector will also drive forward West London’s productivity and support innovation. This is why we provide the secretariat to the West London Universities’ Partnership.

Alongside this are four HE/ FE Working Groups (secretariat provided by the West London Alliance) that are supporting, and sometimes integrated with, four Mayoral Skills Academies:

Essential skills

To ensure a common language for Essential Skills is used by educators and employers we actively encourage the adoption of the Skills Builder Partnership Framework.

Skills Builder offers a lifelong approach to developing our essential skills from primary school through to the workplace.

CEIAG

High quality Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) is facilitated locally through employer and provider engagement in:

West London Business is a founding partner in West London Institute of Technology a collaborative organisation focused on level 4, 5 and 6 technical skills in engineering, construction and digital.