Headstart London (2)

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I note that at the end of the programme, you expect a target of 3,500 young people to be ready after completion. Why do you not expect all participants of the programme to be work ready on completion given that the programme is designed to build employability skills in young people?


Answer for Headstart London (2)

Answer for Headstart London (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All young people are expected to build employability skills as a result of taking part in the programme.  The ‘work-ready’ assessment is made by employers who support the programme by offering guaranteed interviews for part-time or seasonal work at interview stage.  Our partner business had an existing recruitment pool of young people which saw 20 per cent assessed as work-ready prior to the HeadStart London programme. Having been through the HeadStart London programme, we are expecting a minimum of 70 per cent of young people to be assessed as work-ready.