Workforce Integration Network (WIN)
Research shows that Londoners’ sense of belonging is tied to their ability to access economic opportunities, particularly good work. The workplace is also a setting in which people from different backgrounds can meet and form relationships. When some groups are excluded, these opportunities for building social integration are missed.
As part of his Strategy for Social Integration, the Mayor is launching Workforce Integration Network (WIN). This will help to improve pathways for underrepresented groups in the workplace. The WIN programme will begin with supporting young black men aged 16 to 24 years into living wage employment in London. It will focus initially on the construction and digital sectors, and will engage other sectors and groups over time.
What will WIN do?
- Recruit a dedicated WIN coordinator based at City Hall to work with employers to help them support their efforts to reduce the employment gap.
- Engage with employers from key growth sectors with low inclusion of underrepresented groups– initially focusing on employers of the construction and digital/tech workforce.
- Improve pathways into employment for young black men aged 16 to 24 by partnering with Moving on Up (MOU), an existing initiative led by Trust for London and the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG).
- Advocate for coordinated action in London to support higher rates of BAME Londoners entering the workforce by shining a light on the issue and building a network of peer ambassadors among BAME Londoners working in key sectors.
- Commission research to improve the quality of the data on sector-specific BAME employment rates, drawing together good practice case studies on workforce integration for underrepresented groups
- Develop, publish and promote a best practice guide for employers.
Employers: How can you help?
Underrepresentation in the workplace is caused by a range of factors including discrimination, skills mismatch, and lack of qualifications and networks. For this to change, employers must be more aware of the problem and what they can do to address it.
The WIN initiation will work with employers to address the challenges of improving representation in the workplace. All that is required is a commitment to engage with the programme.