ESF In Focus: Bad Boys Bakery

26 November 2014

Bad Boys’ Bakery is a social enterprise inside HM Prison Brixton that helps to rehabilitate and reintegrate prisoners back into society and employment. The bakery until recently was funded by the National Offenders Management Service and the European Social Fund (ESF). It has now been set up as a self-sustaining social enterprise run by Working Links and continues to go from strength to strength. It was first set up by Gordon Ramsay and Optomen in 2012 to give participants key skills, work experience and responsibility.

October 2014 Data now available on SafeStats

25 November 2014

October 2014 data is now available on SafeStats:

Updated Data includes:

      - Ambulance (Including Assaults, Alcohol Illness, Drug Overdoses)

      - DIP (offender drug test) data

Apprenticeships massive hit for 13 London theatres

21 November 2014

London Theatre Consortium (LTC) brings 13 of the capital’s leading theatres to work together, build relationships and share expertise.  The LTC apprenticeship programme aims to open up the industry and offer people viable alternatives to university.

Emma Rees, Senior Coordinator at LTC shares their experience with Apprenticeships...

The culture sector is a real UK success story. However, we are missing out on a huge pool of talent by operating a ‘traditional’ recruitment pipeline.

Capital Clean-up 2014: Friends of Rise Park, Pavilion Pamper Project

21 November 2014

The Friends of Rise Park in Havering received a Capital Clean-up grant in summer 2014. Andrea Burke from the Friends group wrote a series of blog posts for the Project Dirt site on their activities. We’ve put together some edited highlights, to share the group’s achievements and the real transformation made by their Pavilion Pamper. Thanks to Andrea for allowing us to repost them here.

July 2014: Day 1 of the project… getting a lick of paint on the building

"Outstanding" apprentices at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

20 November 2014

Nikki Kelly is senior manager at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the charitable arm of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Here, she talks about the apprenticeship programme delivered by the Foundation as part of the Club’s commitment to supporting the local community on to employment and education pathways.

How we’re helping London’s schools improve

19 November 2014

Josie Todd from the Mayor’s Education and Youth team explains how we’re helping London schools do even better …

I’m really excited and a little daunted this week as it’s the Mayor’s Education Conference on Friday. For the past few weeks, we’ve been all hands on deck getting ready for the most important date in our team’s calendar.  It’s what we work towards all year, a chance to share some of the great work to help London’s schools do even better.

Twitter Alerts: 1 year on

18 November 2014

One year on from the launch of Twitter Alerts in the UK here's our reminder about the system and a useful list of London-based accounts to opt-in for alerts.

Volunteering helped me become a zoo keeper

17 November 2014

Kelly-Anne Kelleher, Senior Zoo Keeper at ZSL London Zoo, on how volunteering helped her land a permanent job there and how it can help students into the world of work…


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