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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.

The strategy places social mobility, inclusion and diversity at its heart, focuses on post-16 technical and vocational education, adult education and employment support, and considers pathways from school into further learning and work. It aims to tackle the fact that women, young Londoners, disabled Londoners and those from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in the labour market.

In particular, it addresses how the capital can take advantage of the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) to the Mayor next year. This will see the Mayor take direct responsibility for investing around £300 million each year in providing adults in London with the skills they need, including basic digital, English and maths skills, as well as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).

It will also help City Hall to make sure that funding is better focused on meeting need and achieving outcomes for Londoners and London's businesses, enabling the Mayor to support greater social mobility.

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.

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.

Of this, up to £88 million will be available from this summer through the LEAP - with £7.2 million ringfenced for the Mayor's Construction Academy Capital Programme for providers already quality mark accredited.

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."