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The London Progression Collaboration

About the LPC

The London Progression Collaboration is an innovative initiative to create new apprenticeships which help low-paid Londoners to progress in work, and which enable the capital’s businesses to develop vital skills.

The London Progression Collaboration is an innovative initiative to create new apprenticeships which help low-paid Londoners to progress in work, and which enable the capital’s businesses to develop vital skills.

We know that Londoners in low-paid work, and those with low levels of qualifications, face significant barriers in progressing into better-quality, higher-paying jobs. At the same time, businesses in the capital’s key sectors – from construction and care to digital and tech – face serious skills shortages.

High-quality apprenticeships address both of these challenges. They enable businesses to address skills gaps and increase productivity; and they enable individuals to build the skills they need to progress into and in work. Despite this, London has amongst the lowest level of apprenticeship starts in the country.

The LPC supports businesses to create new apprenticeship opportunities, making London’s apprenticeship levy reaches the individuals and businesses where it can make the most difference.

Reskilling the Recovery – a levy transfer service for London

In June 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the LPC launched Reskilling the Recovery – a campaign asking London’s apprenticeship levy payers to pledge unspent funds for transfer to small businesses in the capital.

To date, the campaign has secured pledges of over £3.5 million, and received requests for levy transfer totalling over £2.5 million. Every apprenticeship created helps a small business build the skills they need to survive, adapt to and recover from the pandemic, and is the opportunity for a Londoner to build the skills they need to progress in work.

Find out more: www.thelpc.uk/recovery

The London Progression Collaboration is a joint initiative delivered by the Institute for Public Policy Research and the Greater London Authority, with the financial support of J.P. Morgan.