Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur and author of 3 books. She made global headlines in April 2018 when she became the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author. She was recently named as one of the UK’s top 100 Women in Tech and was named a Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google.
Sukhi commented: ‘I am proud to be representing the voice of entrepreneurs and small business owners, especially those working in frontier technology areas such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, to ensure we create a suitable and responsive city-wide skills system for all Londoner’s.’
The Partnership will also advise the Mayor on how skills and education provision can help businesses access talent, particularly in response to a range of challenges including Brexit and increasing automation.
Sukhi explained: ‘The Business Partnership will play an essential role in ensuring that London’s economy is responsive to the changing skills landscape, especially when it comes to the digital and technological shifts occurring.’
The Mayor will publish a new Skills and Employment Vision later this year, which will be closely linked to his Local Industrial Strategy (which is due to be published at the same time).
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: ‘In June 2018, my Skills for Londoners strategy laid out my ambition to create a city for all Londoners, in which everyone can access the skills they need to succeed in a thriving economy. “Involving London’s employers and businesses to meet this ambition is at the heart of this: today I’m delighted to announce my new Skills for Londoners Business Partnership, made up of leading figures from businesses of all sizes and sectors, who share my passion for supporting London’s talent. I look forward to working with them as they play a central role in our efforts to maintain London’s global position as a great place to work, invest and grow a business.’
The Business Partnership will play an essential role in shaping both documents, which will set out the next steps for delivering on the Mayor’s priorities, new policies to address emerging challenges, and will make the case for more funding to be devolved to London.
The Mayor believes a city-wide skills system that is responsive to the needs of London’s economy is crucial to meeting the needs of London’s employers and residents. The need for such a system has been made particularly acute given Brexit and the government’s recent Immigration White Paper, both of which risk undermining London’s growth and access to a future pipeline of talent from Europe and around the world.
The Partnership – which met at City Hall for the first time this week – aims to:
· improve London’s skills system to better meet the needs of employers, businesses and the London economy
· increase skills investment and workforce development in London’s industries to meet the demands of the global economy
· improve information and data on skills needs from employers and ensure the most accurate/reliable data is used to inform skills provision in London
Sukhi Jutla said: ‘I am pleased to be a part of the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Business Partnership. This is great initiative to support London’s employers, including SMEs and micro-businesses, to access the talent and skills they need.’
A board of leading figures
Along with Sukhi, other leading figures have been selected to be part of this partnership:
· Deputy Mayor for Business and Chair of the Business Partnership, Rajesh Agrawal
· Film and TV Executive at Film London, Nahrein Kemp
· Director of People Strategy, Barts Health NHS Trust, Aurea Jones
· Founder of Optimity, Anthony Impey MBE
Sukhi Jutla concluded: ‘Sadiq Khan recognises the importance of skills and the impact it has on long term growth for the economy and London’s thriving ecosystem. It is imperative we are well equipped to adapt to the changing landscape in terms of digital shifts and I’m honoured and excited to be working on delivering this as part of the board on Skills Business Partnership, utilising my entrepreneurial and business skills, as well as working alongside Deputy Business Mayor Rajesh Agrawal to deliver these important goals.’