Jobs and Growth Plan for London
15 April 2013
Published in April 2013, the LEP's Jobs & Growth Plan identifies a series of aims and recommendations based around the following key priorities:
- Raise skill levels and increase employment opportunities to ensure Londoners can compete for London's job needs - recommendations include LEP funding for an apprentice campaign, working with employers to increase placements with a view to create 250,000 apprenticeships by 2015;
- Champion small and medium sized enterprises to support and grow businesses - this includes a LEP commitment to increase SME exports; increase access to finance; identify workspace needs and explore affordable workspace options;
- Support the digital creative, science and technology sectors to position the capital globally as a world leading hub - the LEP will encourage and incentivise collaboration across these sectors for example, through competitions and challenges; help entrepreneurs to market-test ideas; promote London's world-beating universities and research base; attract major global science and technology events to the city; increase science and tech apprenticeships; lever European money; and
- Encourage infrastructure investment into London to keep the city moving and functioning - LEP funding will support infrastructure projects and seek to promote globally London's expertise in delivering infrastructure projects.
The LEP has established four working groups (the Skills & Employment Working Group, the SME Working Group, the Digital Creative, Science & Technology Working Group and the London Infrastructure Group) to lead on each of the above priority areas and to monitor implementation against the actions outlined in the Jobs & Growth Plan. An implementation Plan is presented to each meeting of the working groups and then reported to the main LEP on a quarterly basis.