Updated Employment and Skills strategy launched to support residents through the cost of living crisis

13 January 2023

In July 2021, Richmond Upon Thames Council launched an Employment and Skills strategy in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its effects on the local labour market. The strategy outlined how the Council can help combat some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic and ensure that its core objectives are being achieved.  

Councillor Phil Giesler, Business and Growth Lead Member said:  

"We are committed to creating a community that is fit for every resident to grow and thrive so it is vital that we can match residents with high quality local opportunities as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will remain ambitious in delivering our collective vision for the borough - more people in good work, locally, with good pay." 

To meet the demands of the current crisis, Richmond Council has adapted the Employment and Skills strategy to reflect the progress made so far and refocus on changing needs of the community. The updated strategy aims to ensure that residents hardest hit by the cost of living crisis, as well as new residents to the borough including Ukrainian and Afghan refugees, have access to sustainable jobs and appropriate learning opportunities in order to upskill. Richmond Council wants to ensure they are providing residents with fair and equal opportunities.

Also, partnering with the South London Partnership (SLP) Green Skills Academy to ensure the needs of local residents and employers in the growing green jobs market are being met by helping to map skills and qualifications available in Richmond in the green sector.

Read the Richmond Employment and Skills strategy.

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Updated: 13 January 2023

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