Youth unemployment

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


According to the latest youth unemployment figures, London still has one of the highest youth unemployment rates and it has not reduced significantly in your second term of your mayoralty. Are you doing enough to reduce youth unemployment in London?


Answer for Youth unemployment

Answer for Youth unemployment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through my Apprenticeship campaign, I continue to engage with a range of businesses and skills providers to increase the number of good quality Apprenticeship opportunities available to young people in London.

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. The programme is funded 50% by ESF and 50% by the GLA. It has three specific themes targeting:  young people with learning difficulties and disabilities aged 16-25; young offenders aged 14-17;  and those aged 14-16 who have been excluded from school.

Tackling youth unemployment also forms a key part of the London Enterprise Panel's 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds strategy, interventions are outlined which focus on moving young people aged 15-24 not in education employment or training (NEET) or at risk of NEET using ESF and Youth Employment Initiative funding to progress into sustainable employment and/or education/training (EET). An ESF Youth Programme is currently being developed which includes strands that address reducing the number of NEETS, improving careers guidance for young people and promoting apprenticeships.