Young People in the Labour Market (1)

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


According to the Office for National Statistics' recent Young people in the labour market report, Barking and Dagenham and Greenwich have the highest inactivity rates in England of 16-24 year olds who are not studying, at 20.3% and 19.8% respectively. What measures are you taking to alleviate this problem?


Answer for Young People in the Labour Market (1)

Answer for Young People in the Labour Market (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through the 2007-13 London European Social Fund programme around £76m has been invested to tackle youth unemployment among hard to reach/excluded groups. Of these programmes, three are delivering in Barking & Dagenham and Greenwich. These projects are delivered by 3SC, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Remploy, Nacro and Working Links. My Team London Ambassadors Programme which aims to reduce youth unemployment is being delivered in 13 schools across the two boroughs.

London will receive a further £678m EU funds to be matched domestically in 2014-2020. The European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy includes tackling youth unemployment, which I have identified as a key investment priority.

I am also working towards the ambitious target of 250,000 apprenticeship starts in London by 2016.