Cllr Jacqui Dyer is the Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety (job share), and a councillor in Vassall Ward.
Reducing inequality, one job at a time
Lambeth Council’s Adult Learning Service has submitted a successful bid to the Greater London Authority (GLA) to secure £1,069,036 over four years to deliver in-work training to 1,068 residents in low-paid and low-skilled work in Lambeth. The programme, Progress, at Work, aims to support employees to develop skills in order to progress to higher skilled and better paid jobs. Training will address key skills gaps in the borough including English, Maths, and Digital Skills, as well as sector specific qualifications in the growth sectors of health and social care, that has 34,000 jobs in the borough, hospitality, and retail. With 19% of Lambeth residents being paid below the London Living Wage, with many working in low-paid and unstable work, including zero hour contracts, Lambeth Council is proud to be a Living Wage Borough and is diligently encouraging local employers to become accredited as well.
Jobs Fair at the Town Hall
We aim to offer a skills and jobs programme that would ensure that our residents, especially those identified as being furthest away from jobs and those in low paid employment, can overcome any barriers, particularly structural ones, are equipped with the skills they require, and we support them with a ‘can do’ approach. There is a requirement for more and better work opportunities for local residents, and we need to ensure that we lead by example through using our resources and levers to promote a more inclusive economy. This is why we organise events like the successful Jobs Fair in June, where numerous residents met with more than 50 employers and training providers, offering the possibility to apply for jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities, and the chance for participants to understand more about the exhibitors. We aim to we work even closer with local businesses and other public sector partners to create high quality employment pathways for residents, building a highly skilled local workforce for the future and ensuring that we prioritise the reduction of inequality.
Cllr Jacqui Dyer