Young People in the Labour Market (2)

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 has the highest percentage (5.2%) in England of 16-24 year olds who gave 'looking after the home or family' as the reason for their economic inactivity. Barking and Dagenham also has the highest inactivity rate in England of 16-24 year olds who are not studying. What measures are you taking to alleviate this problem?


Answer for Young People in the Labour Market (2)

Answer for Young People in the Labour Market (2)

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.

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.

Additionally, the Team London Young Ambassadors programme is being delivered at six schools across the Borough. The programme aims to reduce youth unemployment, create a greener and more sustainable capital through the impact young people have on the environment, and improve community cohesion through improving young people's awareness of their local community and building their sense of citizenship.

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