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Decision details


Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The Think Work Strategy is a major piece of work that has positive borough-wide implications. It enables good quality, sustainable careers for all residents to be ready for the future world of work. It prepares a diverse and flexible workforce to support Waltham Forest’s thriving local economy.


The Think Work Strategy supports the ambitions of the Creative Futures Strategy and the Council’s economic delivery plans up to and beyond 2030.


Cabinet members will be asked to agree the principles of the strategy as set out in the document.




(1)          approved the Think Work Strategy and Apprenticeship Plan 2019-2022 as at appendices 1 and 2 of the report; and

(2)          delegated to the Strategic Director of Economic Growth and Housing Delivery, in consultation with the Strategic Director of Finance and Governance and in accordance with Financial Regulations, authority to submit bids, independently or jointly with the Local London Sub-regional Partnership to the European Social Fund for the resourcing of the Think Work team and programme delivery.



The Think Work Strategy is not a statutory document and therefore the Council could choose not to develop its approach to the future of employment for residents and businesses in the borough. However, without a considered and coordinated approach there is the danger that the benefits of economic growth for residents in terms of new opportunities for professional development, training and quality employment could be lost. There may also be associated negative impacts due to the lack of planning and alignment to enable our residents to take advantage of other Council-led initiatives including Borough of Culture, Life Chances, and Connecting Communities programmes.


Report author: Rebecca Davey

Publication date: 05/09/2019

Date of decision: 05/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/09/2019 - Cabinet

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