Ambitious careers boost for London’s children

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

Children and young people in London are one step closer to accessing at least 100 hours of experiences of the world of work by the age of 16 as the London Ambitions careers offer launches in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

London Ambitions aims to modernise and transform careers and employment support for young people across London, regardless of the particular school or college they attend. It was created by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the London Enterprise Panel.

Wandsworth is the first council to put London Ambitions’ into practice, which will involve working with local schools and colleges to help embed the new approach within the curriculum.

The project was officially launched today (Thursday 11 February) at the new St John Bosco secondary school, Battersea.

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

“Boroughs are keen to play their part in equipping children and young people to make better careers decisions, which includes helping them to access at least 100 hours of experiences of the world of work by the age of 16. Today’s launch is Wandsworth’s statement about its commitment to supporting local schools and colleges to improve their careers offer.

“In recent years the capital’s education system has delivered transformational change in GCSE results, with London outperforming other regions. The challenge now is for everyone with a stake in London’s education system and economy to transform the careers offer. Following the recommendations of the London Ambitions report is one sure-fire way of achieving this.”

Cllr Kathy Tracey, Wandsworth Council’s executive member for children’s services, said:

“Career support is a top priority here in Wandsworth and we are very well placed to pioneer the London Ambitions model. Good quality, early work experience can play a vital role in raising young people’s aspirations and opening their minds to really ambitious career options.

“There is much greater scope for employers, schools, colleges and local councils to work together on this and offer valuable experience and opportunities to young people as they make important decisions that will shape their futures. The Nine Elms regeneration programme is a great example of this and we look forward to expanding the approach in the weeks ahead.”

All London boroughs now have an ambassador whose role it is to champion London Ambitions locally.