The skills of any workforce are vital to achieve a strong economy, and improve business growth, employment and wages. A city with a skilled population is more likely to attract firms and so provide job opportunities for residents. And in order to move into employment, people need to be equipped with the skills employers demand.
Cities can improve the skills of their residents by providing training relevant to their local needs, working with employers to match supply and demand, promoting collaborations and offering tailored support for residents.
Use the table below to find out more about how and what cities in the UK and abroad have done to support adult skills development. These case studies highlight what the cities did and their self-reported outcomes.
To find out more about what types of policy interventions have an impact on local economic growth from across OECD countries, as well as evidence-based policy design guides, take a look at the What Works Centre pages on Employment Training and Apprenticeships.
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|Case study||Policy aim||Location||Country||Lead organisation(s)|
|1. Incentivising providers using the Skills Funding Incentive pilot||Provide training relevant to local needs||Cities across the UK||UK||Local Enterprise Partnerships|
|2. Coordinating skills provision with DWP, JCP and Work Programme providers||Provide training relevant to local needs||Cities across the UK||UK||Local and national government|
|3. Negotiating with contractors and developers||Create employment and training opportunities for people in social housing||London and the South East||UK||A2Dominion Housing Association|
|4. Working with the unemployed to identify and overcome barriers||Support people living in social housing to move into employment and progress||Wolverhampton||UK||Wolverhampton Homes|
|5. Designing incentives to undertake training and supporting participants||Support people living in social housing to move into employment and progress||Cities across the UK||UK||The Bromford Group|
|6. Offering in-work support||Support people living in social housing to move into employment and progress||East Midlands and North of England||UK||The Guinness Partnership|
|7. Providing IT, English and sewing training||Support people living in social housing to move into employment and progress||Manchester||UK||Great Places|
|8.Supporting low paid workers to progress their careers||Improve take-up of adult education||London||UK||Step Up|