All young Londoners deserve to be excited and inspired about their futures and identifying positive career paths are key to this.
London Youth believes in supporting young people to explore what’s out there, providing opportunities to gain direct experience of the world of work in order to increase their future employment prospects. Our approach is complementary to their secondary / sixth form education.
Our early intervention actively seeks to reduce the chance of long-term youth unemployment, which we know increases the likelihood of unemployment in later life, lower earnings and poorer well-being (House of Commons 2017).
We understand firsthand that race is a significant factor, with young Londoners of colour twice as likely to be unemployed as their white peers (House of Commons 2018). Currently 56% of young Londoners are from BAME communities (MOPAC 2018), so safeguarding their economic prospects is crucial.
Our Future Talent model recognises that getting young people into employment is as much about building self-confidence and developing life skills, as well as educational attainment. That’s why we engage young people through our youth organisation members which are located at the hearts of communities across London. These are places young people enjoy attending and feel at home, where long-standing and trusted relationships already exist between young people and their youth workers.
Hence our youth work centred approach delivered via our Talent Match Croydon programme, and the launch in April 2019 of our new pan-London programme, Future Talent, generously funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.