Merton joins forces with neighbouring boroughs to launch ‘Skills for South Londoners’


Businesses, providers and residents across Merton are being invited to attend the launch of the South London Partnership’s ‘Skills for South Londoners’ strategy, which will see the council link up with fellow south London boroughs in a bid to boost skills in the area.

Forming the South London Partnership (SLP), the quintet of boroughs includes Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton. The SLP is now aiming to bring different groups and stakeholders from across the boroughs together to discuss, learn and understand more about what skills are needed for the region to continue to grow and flourish.

With the responsibility for commissioning publicly funded provisions of the technical and vocational skills system set to be devolved to the Mayor of London from 2019, the input from sub-regional partnerships of boroughs, such as the SLP, will play a key role in helping to develop and shape plans for the future.

The Leader of Merton Council and Chair of the South London Partnership Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “The ‘Skills for South Londoners’ launch event will be an occasion for the residents of Merton, and those from our neighbouring boroughs, to find out what skills are needed in the area and what businesses and providers are doing to address these.

“In order to ensure that south London secures the best outcome from the new devolved system, it is essential that we are all reading off the same page by working closely together as a coalition of boroughs, businesses and providers. We are privileged to have some outstanding organisations in our area, who share our business-like approach in providing residents with value for money and high quality levels of service.

“The event will be a fantastic opportunity for networking and engaging with likeminded community groups and organisations, and I encourage as many of our residents to attend as possible.”

The launch event will be held on Wednesday 28 February from 12.30-3pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Kingston upon Thames. Attendance can be booked via Eventbrite.

For further information, please contact Priya Samuel of the South London Partnership on 0208 831 6194.