About London Ambitions

About London Ambitions

London Ambitions: Shaping a successful careers offer for all young Londoners.

London Ambitions Careers Offer

London is a truly global city that opens up huge opportunities for young Londoners, but also big challenges. Young Londoners are competing for jobs and career openings not just with each other but with people across the UK and much of the rest of the world. To succeed in London and/or beyond, they need to be prepared – and they are entitled to that support.

This is why the Mayor, London Enterprise Panel, GLA and London Councils launched the London Ambitions Careers Offer in June 2015 which sets out what a good careers offer looks like. There are seven strands within the Framework:

  1. Access to impartial, independent and personalised careers education, information, advice and face-to-face guidance in their local community.
  2. 100 hours experience of the world of work, in some form, by the time young people reach the age of 16
  3. Every secondary school and college should have in place an explicit publicised careers policy and careers curriculum
  4. Every good institution will have a governor with oversight for ensuring the organisation supports all students to relate their learning to careers and the world of work from an early age
  5. Every secondary school and college should have up-to-date, user-friendly labour market intelligence/information (LMI) readily accessible by young people, teachers and parents/carers
  6. Careers provision should be strengthened by developing ‘careers clusters’ to share resources and supporting school and college leaders in a whole-school approach to plan and deliver careers provision
  7. The London Ambitions Portal to enable more schools and colleges to easily find high-quality careers education programmes, work experience, internships and apprenticeships
  8. London Careers Curriculum embedded in all schools from key Stage 2 - Key Stage 5

Through the London Enterprise Panel and with London Councils, we have developed the ‘London Ambitions Careers Offer Framework’ to help schools and colleges provide a high quality careers education programme for their students. The GLA is leading the development of three projects that will help schools work effectively with business

Career Clusters

12 geographic or sector-led Careers Clusters are now up and running.  Funded by the European Social Fund for two years, secondary schools and FE colleges are working together to help their Senior Leadership Teams to design a high quality careers guidance offer. Careers Clusters are piloting sustained employer activities for pupils, helping teachers understand London's job opportunities, and matching and supporting pupils into work placements and internships. To find out more about the Careers Clusters and the Careers Cluster Network please contact [email protected].


Lead delivery organisation

Geographic Cluster

Barnet and Brent


Barnet and Enfield

Reed in Partnership

Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich



Redwood Education and Skills




City and Islington College


Lambeth Council


15 Billion


South Thames College

Sector-Led Cluster

Accommodation and Food

Rinova Ltd.

Creative and Digital

Hackney Community College


Reed in Partnership

London Ambitions Portal

The London Ambitions Portal brings together the many careers education opportunities provided by the capital’s businesses. Teachers can search for activities that will give their students the best opportunities to raise their aspirations and gain direct experience of the world of work.

The Portal alows schools, colleges and businesses to connect with each other, making it easier to share information and develop approaches to careers education. The portal is now open to all schools in London. To join please email [email protected]

At the National Apprenticeship Week in March, Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London introduced the London Ambitions Portal. Read more here.

Enterprise Adviser

The Enterprise Adviser programme works with teachers to develop and implement a whole school careers education plan through matching them with volunteers from the world of work. The programme will work with 75 schools across London in the next year and is delivered by Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme. If you are interested in taking part, please email [email protected]. Further information can be found at https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/enterprise-advisers-schools.