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Businesses challenged to offer young Londoners experience of work

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

London Councils is challenging businesses across the capital to offer young people more top-quality experiences of the world of work.

To mark the start of Work Experience Week, which runs from 10 to 14 October, London Councils is encouraging businesses to invest in London’s talent pipeline by giving young people in the capital more opportunities to learn about local jobs. 

Ensuring that every child in London gains 100 hours of experiences of the world of work by the age of 16 is a key aspiration of London Ambitions, a manifesto for transforming careers advice across the capital created by London Councils, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the London Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Cllr Peter John OBE, London Councils Executive member for children, skills and employment, said:

“Work Experience Week is a good time to reflect on the work-related opportunities currently being offered to London’s young people and ask ourselves – can we do better? With youth unemployment in the capital currently at 17.9 per cent, I think we can. 

“Boroughs, schools, colleges and businesses must work together to equip young Londoners with the skills and experience needed to excel in the workplace. London Ambitions makes it clear that clocking up experiences of the world of work from a young age are crucial to achieving this.

“Many of London’s businesses are already throwing open their doors to young people and Work Experience Week is the perfect time to start building on what they are already doing. 

“Businesses should consider offering workplace visits, talks, workshops, curriculum-related projects, apprenticeships and long-term work placements to young people living locally. This will make it more likely that talented young Londoners will have the motivation and the skills needed to work for them in the future.”

London Councils is rolling out the London Ambitions careers offer across the capital. Every borough has a London Ambitions ambassador and they are working with local businesses, schools and colleges to prepare young people for successful working lives.

Businesses can sign up to the London Ambitions portal, where they can offer experiences of the world of work to schools, colleges and training providers across London, by visiting http://london.gov.uk/ambitions.

To learn more about London Ambitions, click here.

For more information about Work Experience Week, click here.