Creating more visibility of employment pathways for 16-18 year olds by providing aspirational work placements and employer insights. So far, the programme has supported more than 6,600 students and delivered over 17,500 employer encounters.
In 2020, our Back on Track campaign shone a light on youth unemployment and what we are doing to help.
Covid-19 has made life even harder for London’s young people, particularly those from low income and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. They have missed out on schooling, crucial careers advice and face an uncertain future. As the Mayor’s Fund for London, we know we have a duty to help.
Scroll down to read more about our work in increasing visibility of career pathways for young people. If you would like to get involved with any of our initiatives, please do get in touch.
Spotlight on: the creative sector
London’s creative industry has major economic pulling power. However, young people from low income and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds aspiring to enter the sector are faced with a highly uneven playing field. Lack of access to relevant networks, widespread informal recruitment practices and limited progression pathways disproportionally affect these groups, thus depriving London of diverse voices and talents.
This is why we have created a Manifesto for Change: five urgent and practical recommendations to make the creative industry more inclusive and diverse.
Diversifying the workforce
Drawing in people from a wider cross-section of the population, by transforming recruitment practices, delivers tangible benefits both to business and society.
Joining hands with stakeholders from a range of industries and sectors, the Mayor’s Fund provides a platform for debate, influence and change, and continues to campaign for young Londoners from low income backgrounds to have equal access to the outstanding opportunities the capital has to offer.
Our Diversity Pledge is an opportunity for employers to publicly commit to the importance of building a more diverse staff base. To sign up, get in touch.
Our work also includes:
A creative industries focused employability programme supporting 17-24 year olds who are currently not in work, education or training. Participants receive training on creative disciplines, are matched up with a mentor and given access to opportunities within the sector.
Improving access to the job market
Our latest report finds that many young Londoners from low income backgrounds are unable to make the best of the opportunities this city has to offer. Structural inequalities, a fragmented support system, and limited data have hindered young Londoners for far too long.