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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced £13 million to help young Londoners into work, education or training. The funding is part of a total package of £50 million that will be channelled in to boosting opportunities for youngsters across the capital over the next four years

Jointly funded by the Mayor and European Social Fund (ESF), the £13 million fund unveiled today will include a focus on young people with learning disabilities and those at risk of dropping out of school or college, to help them into work or develop skills.

The programme is part of an overall package of funding worth £50 million, jointly from ESF, the Mayor and the Skills Funding Agency, that will benefit London over the next four years and support young people, who are not in education, employment or training.

It is in addition to the £2 million scheme launched earlier this week to deliver a series of ‘leadership’ after school clubs in London's secondary schools, aimed at instilling discipline and motivating and engaging pupils who need extra help reaching their full potential.

The Mayor's ongoing support for young Londoners coincides with WorldSkills 2011, the world's largest, international skills competition and careers event for young people. Thousands from across the globe will compete to be the best of the best in their chosen skill at the event at Excel London.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

"Only too recently we've seen the damage that can be caused to our city by those who, for whatever reason, do not have a purpose in life. London's young people are London's future and it is vital that nobody is left behind and everyone has the same opportunity to learn, train or work. That means carefully targeting this valuable investment in our city to catch those young Londoners who are at risk at the earliest opportunity."

The Generating Opportunities project (run by the London Training and Employment Network) works with 14-19 year olds across London to offer support with literacy and numeracy, as well as help into jobs and skills training. The project was set up following a previous round of joint funding from ESF and the GLA and since 2009, has supported over 800 young people. Of these 542 have developed literacy and numeracy skills, 200 have found work and nearly 150 have taken up further education opportunities.

Toyin Fagbemi from the London Training and Employment Network said:

"The project offers alternative learning opportunities for young people, which, when combined with additional wraparound support, provides opportunities for them to achieve and progress into learning and employment. Since the programme started we have had great success in turning many young lives around."


Source: London Mayor

Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 07 October 2011 15:03

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