The Mayor is passionate about supporting disengaged young people and is aware that not every young Londoner has the same opportunities to access education and employment. Young people are our future; their experience, knowledge and education are crucial to ensure London stays in the forefront of a globalised economy. Helping young people to succeed in education and preparing them for work is key to the economic success of the capital. The Mayor has identified this as a priority in his Young Londoners - successful futures plan.
Co-funded by the European Social Fund, the GLA's ESF Youth Programme will give young people opportunities to improve their skills and increase their chances of accessing further education and long-term sustainable employment. The GLA has developed a suite of projects that aim to address the issues faced by young Londoners in specific sub-groups of the Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) cohort.
Overall, the programme aims to deliver activities including increased motivation and aspirations, vocational and basic skills training, independent information, advice and guidance (IAG) and ongoing support to sustain employment, education or training (EET), leading to sustained outcomes in EET at 26 and 52 weeks. The three themes that make up the programme are as follows:
- Young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD)
- Re-engagement for young people excluded from school (EFS)
- Resettlement of young offenders leaving custody (YO)
The initial investment by the GLA for its ESF Youth Programme is £8.3 million, of which £7.9 million will be allocated to fund the delivery of projects. The GLA will provide £4.15 million, which will be matched to £4.15 million provided by ESF. The GLA’s ESF Youth Programme will run from October 2012 to August 2015.
During the next three years, the programme aims to support over 3,500 Londoners between the ages of 14 and 25, progressing into sustained EET.
More information about the GLA ESF Co-Financing Programme 2011-13: Youth can be found in the pages linked on the left.