Launched on 1 April 2009 and co-financed with £11.5million from the European Social Fund (ESF), the LDA Youth programme is investing £23 million over three years in skills, employment and training activities for Londoners aged 14 to 19.
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 Time for Action plan.
The programme gives young people opportunities to improve their skills and increase their chances to access further education and long-term sustainable employment. It focuses particularly on two hard to engage target groups:
- Young offenders: The fund marked the first step in the Mayor’s plans to transform how young offenders in custody are rehabilitated. Young offenders at Feltham are being given skills and employment training during their time at the prison, while young people released from Cookham Wood, Downview and Holloway prisons are being helped into work.
- NEET young people: The programme also provides apprenticeship support and skills training for thousands of 14 – 19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET.