#FirstStepCroydon is a new campaign for quality work experience placements and employability skills for young people in Croydon, launched with the help of Croydon Citizens and TeachFirst.and the new Labour controlled Croydon Council.
Many young people have said that they lack the networks to find quality work experiences. Without experience of work they get trapped in a vicious circle of not being work ready. Employers say that they are worried that the most talented students will leave the town, that they want to “grow their own” for a quality and sustainable work force.
Leading employers have committed to provide 200 work experience placements with expenses during the next academic year and established the accountability required to ensure they happen.
Plans are now underway for a borough-wide careers and apprenticeship event on 1 October at Fairfield Hall.
Leading roles at the launch were taken by Tony Newman, Council Leader and newly elected Councillor Jamie Audsley.