On Tuesday 28th February 2017, the Bexley Skills Team attended the Delivering Skills for London conference at the University of East London in Stratford. This conference, arranged by the London Borough of Newham for the 8 boroughs in the Local London sub-region, aimed to get colleges, learning providers, local authorities and employers in the same room to discuss how collaborative working could better deliver the skills London needs now and in the future.

Speakers on the day included:

  • Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills
  • Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Angus Knowles-Cutler, Vice Chairman and Senior London Partner at Deloitte
  • Di Gowland, Principal at Newham College of Further Education

After the speakers had presented, workshops were delivered covering:

  • Making devolution and partnership work
  • Getting the most out of the apprenticeship levy
  • Jobs and skills for the future
  • A passport to work

We’ll have a full-write up on the outcomes of those workshops when we receive the summary of the day from the conference organisers, but we did get some interesting statistics from Deloitte’s survey of businesses they engage with in London. Did you know…

The Top 10 Most Important Staff Attributes for London Employers (of 120):

  1. Customer and personal service knowledge
  2. Oral comprehension
  3. Oral expression
  4. English language knowledge
  5. Active listening skills
  6. Written comprehension
  7. Speaking skills
  8. Problem sensitivity
  9. Reading comprehension
  10. Critical thinking skills

The 10 Least Most Important Staff Attributes for London Employers (of 120):

  1. Dynamic flexibility
  2. Installation skills
  3. Explosive strength
  4. Night vision
  5. Peripheral vision
  6. Sound locations
  7. Glare sensitivity
  8. Repairing
  9. Equipment maintenance
  10. Food production knowledge

The Top 15 Fastest Growing Talent Needs in London – 2001 to 2030:

  1. History and Archaeology (knowledge)
  2. Science (skill)
  3. Therapy and counselling (knowledge)
  4. Sociology and anthropology (knowledge)
  5. Operations analysis (skill)
  6. Philosophy and theology  (knowledge)
  7. Biology  (knowledge)
  8. Psychology  (knowledge)
  9. Building and construction  (knowledge)
  10. Chemistry  (knowledge)
  11. Engineering and technology  (knowledge)
  12. Design  (knowledge)
  13. Fine arts  (knowledge)
  14. Education and training  (knowledge)
  15. Physics  (knowledge)

These talent needs are those that are typically unlikely to be met by automation or will help to develop automation in the future. Indeed, Deloitte suggest that 72% of jobs in the transport and storage industry are at high risk of automation, while 91% of jobs in the information and communication sector are at low risk of automation.

We’ll give more details on the outcomes of the conference when we receive the organisers – keep an eye on our site!

Bexley Skills Team Attend the Delivering Skills for London Conference
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