Newham College joins debate on routes to a skills-led economic recovery in London post-Covid

The Virtual Skills London debate focussed on finding solutions to some of the challenges facing young people, skills and work in a post-Covid world.

Newham College Principal and CEO, Paul Stephen, took part in the inaugural London First Virtual Skills Debate, held on Friday, 27 November. The debate, which included a video message from Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, brought together educational experts, business leaders, representatives from the Greater London Authority, and young people to discuss the challenges facing young people, skills, and work in a post-Covid world.  

The pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on the job market worldwide and the demand for workers has fallen dramatically. Consequently, there are now far fewer opportunities available for young people in London, and as London emerges from the crisis, the demand for access to skills has never been greater. 

Paul was joined by Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, Donna Cately from the Compass Group, Mark Martin MBE from Urban Teacher, and the star from last year’s Skills London event, Apprentice Hannah Resnick. The panel was chaired by Sarah Sands from think tank Bright Blue, and former editor of the London Evening Standard.

The debate was interesting and engaging and explored the different methods in which businesses, education, local government and the third sector can help as the capital adapts to this new normal, as well as looking into ways of boosting diversity and inclusion in London’s workforce. The debate also addressed the barriers holding back less advantaged communities in London from accessing skills and work. 

You can watch the full debate here – Harnessing the talents of all Londoners - a skills led route to recovery.

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