Make skills gap a priority NTOs tell Livingstone

Employers are calling on London Mayor Ken Livingstone to put the capital’s
skills gaps at the top of his agenda.

National training organisations, the employer-run bodies responsible for
identifying sector skills needs, want him to commit to working with them.

Skillset, the NTO for the broadcast, film and video sector, is calling for Livingstone
to oversee the five learning and skills councils being set up in the capital to
ensure they work together.

Of the 50,000 people working in broadcast, film and video 85 per cent work
in the capital. The industry contributes £6bn a year to London’s economy.

Skillset communications director Gary Townsend said, "There is a danger
the learning and skills councils could be preoccupied with their own areas when
the problem is London-wide.

"The mayor should co-ordinate the working of the councils to provide
coherence."

NTO national council chairman Garry Hawkes said, "Without investment in
the skills of the workforce, gaps which currently exist will become more
widespread, making companies less competitive and threatening jobs."

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