Ensuring young people across the UK have access to relevant, good quality post-16 education and training options must be part of the Government's ‘levelling up’ agenda.
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The benefits of the Government’s u-turn will be felt most in cities and large towns in the North of England and the Midlands where pupils are more likely to be disadvantaged.
Lifelong learning, identifying the skills of the future and supporting people with no qualifications to take-up training should be top on Gavin Williamson’s priority list
Mayors: the run-up to 2020How Dan Jarvis uses his limited powers to improve Sheffield’s skills provision
The Sheffield City Region authority doesn’t yet have the powers of other metro mayors, but the mayor’s support of the Sheffield Children’s University highlights how he can still target the challenges his area faces.
Acquiring skills goes beyond the classroom, but take-up of extra-curricular activities is much lower outside the Greater South East
There is no easy solution to improving education outcomes, but cities can act now to help young and adult residents, using the tools they already have.
Access to quality education is hugely uneven across the country. Tackling this problem should be a top priority for leaders.
How cities within the UK and abroad are taking steps to improve the skills of their residents, support higher productivity and boost jobs growth.