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The Mayor of London published the first ever Skills and Adult Education Strategy - Skills for Londoners - which aims to ensure all Londoners have the skills, education and training they need to succeed and help the capital's economy to thrive.

Fulfilling his manifesto commitment to work with schools to improve careers advice, the Mayor also announced today a £1.4 million extension to the London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) - which matches volunteer business advisers with school leaders to help them offer better careers advice and work more closely with businesses.

This will triple the size of the existing network meaning up to 700 volunteers will work with at least 470 schools and further education colleges across London, ensuring more young people are inspired and prepared for the world of work. 

This comes after the Mayor announced he would invest £114 million in equipment and facilities at London's further education colleges and other skills providers, delivered over the next four years through the Skills for Londoners Capital Fund last April.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I'm committed to building the workforce of the future - and a key part of this is recognising the best skills providers across the city and using them as exemplars from which others can learn.

"London faces a number of skills challenges and today I have laid out my plans to address this these and, in so doing, make London's skills system the envy of the world."

CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, Claudia Harris said: "We are delighted that the London Enterprise Adviser Network is planning such impressive growth and expansion, as announced by the Mayor of London.

"Working in 470 schools and colleges, and with up to 700 business volunteers in the coming years means that the young people of London will be given the support and inspiration they need to ensure they are prepared for the world of work and so they have the bright futures they deserve."