Unemployment (3)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What are you doing specifically to tackle unemployment among young black men in London and how much Greater London Authority funding have gone into programmes to encourage employment among young black males?


Answer for Unemployment (3)

Answer for Unemployment (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Mayor's Mentoring Programme helps young black boys with at least one risk factor aged 10 to 16 years aiming to sustain engagement in education and training and reduce the risks of offending and improve education and life opportunities.

The West Croydon Investment Programme funded by the Mayor supports young people who are unemployed or underachieving in school into employment or education. BAME groups and individuals with disabilities are included as target groups engaged to date.

The GLA is currently funding a £10m programme of 8 projects providing support to young Londoners who are Not in Employment, Education, or Training (NEET) to help them access sustainable EET opportunities. Of the total young people on the programme, 26% have a disability, 60% are from ethnic minority backgrounds and 86% are male.

The European Structural and Investment Funds strategy shows a clear commitment to tackling unemployment among young black males for the 2014-20 ESF Programme. Targets for participation by equalities groups have not yet been agreed for the 2014-20 ESF Programme and the Programme itself has not been launched, negotiations are ongoing between Government and the European Commission. The equalities groups assigned specific targets are likely to be the same as in the 2007-13 ESF Programme, they are; disabled, 50+, ethnic minorities and women.