The devolution of powers over employment and skills policy is hugely consequential for the future of the UK economy. Devolution presents considerable opportunities for English regions to reshape employment and skills provision to meet the needs of local populations. But devolving power over skills policy is extremely complex and presents considerable challenges.
To better understand these challenges, Collab Group has produced this paper which is the product of conversations with stakeholders from Greater Manchester, Sheffield, the West Midlands and Cornwall as well as officials from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Throughout these conversations similar themes have kept appearing; these themes are not exhaustive, but they provide a useful way to frame the experiences of stakeholders who have been given increased control over the policy and organisational levers that shape local skills systems. Local commissioning of skills, in line with local labour market demand, will be key to delivering growth and prosperity to local and regional economies.
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