Employment & Skills Support in Croydon

Croydon Employment and Skills Projects

A list and short summary of the projects which aim to increase employability or skills funded or part funded by the Council in the last three years.

Project 1:  Backr – Supporting people into employment by increasing their social networks and life skills.  Backr is the social network that helps individuals build connections and find opportunities in the world of work.  The evaluation report for the London-wide projects is on the link

http://www.participle.net/employability

Project 2: Building the Bridge – Supporting young people interested in media to acquire new skills and get employment in the media sector

http://www.buildingthebridge.co.uk/home/tag/croydon-citytownvillage

Project 3: South London Job Fair (2014) – Linking unemployed people with employers with live vacancies

https://southlondonjobsfair.co.uk/exhibitors/about

Project 4: Two Croydon Job Fairs (2013-2014) – Linking unemployed people with employers with live vacancies

Project 5: Youth Guarantee Scheme – EU Directly funded project.  Project description is on the link

http://www.capitalsouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Employability-Skills-Student-Activity-Pack-2014.pdf

Project 6: Youth Engagement Fund (2015 start) – Improving young people’s educational achievements and employability

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/16-million-youth-engagement-fund-promoted-around-the-country

Project 7: Apprenticeship Accord (2014) – a campaign for promoting Apprenticeships.  The brochure is on the link

http://www.renaisi.com/wp-content/uploads/Croydon-Apprenticeship-Accord.pdf

Project 8: Croydon business month 2014 and 2015 – £10,000.  A series of events to promote employment and business opportunities.

http://news.croydon.gov.uk/series-of-events-planned-for-croydon-business-month/

The amount the Council spent on each of these employment and skills projects;

Project 1: Backr – £50,000

Project 2: Building the Bridge – £5,000

Project 3: South London Job Fair (2014) – £12,000

Project 4: Two Croydon Job Fairs (2013-2014) – £15,000

Project 5: Youth Guarantee Scheme – £10,000 match funding

Project 6: Youth Engagement Fund (2014 start) – £25,000 local contribution

Project 7: Apprenticeship Accord (2014) – £6,200

Project 8: Croydon business month 2014 and 2015 – £10,000

The amount of spend for each of these employment and skills projects which has gone to organisations within the voluntary and community sector.

Project 1:  Backr – £50,000 to Participle – a social enterprise

Project 2: Building the Bridge – £5,000 to Building the Bridge – a social enterprise

Project 3: South London Job Fair (2014) – £12,000 to 3D Change, a social enterprise

Project 4: Two Croydon Job Fairs (2013-2014) – £15,000 to a private company’s social enterprise arm

Project 5: Youth Guarantee Scheme – delivered in house

Project 6: Youth Engagement Fund (2014 start) – £25,000 local contribution to a private company

Project 7: Apprenticeship Accord (2014) – £6,200 to Renaisi, a social enterprise

Project 8: Croydon business month 2014 and 2015 – delivered in house

Source: Freedom of Information reply

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/spend_on_employment_and_skills_p_9?nocache=incoming-754977#incoming-754977

Youth Employment

Cllr Jamie Audsley writes in his latest Local Action update newsletter:

‘Many of our young people tell me they are unable to find the experiences that will support them find good work. Too many of our young people are trapped in a vicious cycle of having no experience, meaning they can’t a job.

Over the last year I’ve worked with young leaders in our local schools, colleges and faith organisations to develop the #FirstStepCroydon campaign which has brought together student, education and business leaders in Croydon to campaign for high quality work experience -ensuring our young people are ready for employment.

This year we’re raising our ambitions and re-imagining the ‘Saturday job’  by securing 1000 paid  job opportunities for young people aged 16-18 by 2020 with an aim of securing 100 positions in the first year. The aspiration is for these positions to be paid at  London Living Wage rate for 100 hours – typically 4 hours per week for 6 months but this will be  flexible to the needs and capacity of employers).’

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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 http://thecroydoncitizen.com. 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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