Croydon plans improved employability support

A new Job Brokerage Service and other measures are part of a package being considered by the Cabinet on Monday 15 December to  address ‘borough wide weaknesses in terms of an insufficient employability focus in the curriculum in schools, the variable quality and breadth of careers advice for young people leaving school and disjointed and varied in quality employability support for those out of work or in low-paid jobs.’ The aim is to better equip local people for the 16,000 jobs that are projected to be created over the next few years.

Practical measures include:

  • with the Croydon Partnership (Westfield/Hammerson) to deliver the agreed socio-economic benefits detailed in the Section 106 agreement, which includes investment in a training facility, local employment, providing opportunities for SMEs to win contracts and a range of educational and community activities.
  • with Gatwick Airport to enable residents and SMEs to benefit from the proposed expansion.
  • with growth sectors inc. construction, retail, and tech.

Job Brokerage

The new Job Brokerage Service will be designed and developed to prepare and place local residents into available jobs, to ensure that employers see it as the first choice for their recruitment needs.

Planning Framework

The Council will review parts of the planning framework to ensure that delivering socio-economic benefits become an integral part of planning consents for future developments.

Schools Curriculum

A detailed Appendix sets out a draft 5-18 Croydon Work-readiness Commitment of local curriculum ideas – see next blog.

The report can be seen accessed at

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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