London Councils' response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility's report, published on Friday 8 April, which found that the 'majority of young people are significantly overlooked in their transition for work by the education system and the focus on apprenticeships is not suitable for everyone.'
Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director at London Councils, said:
“We welcome today’s report, which recognises the merits of initiatives such as London Ambitions. Many of the recommendations mirror our aspirations for the capital, such as providing meaningful experiences of work; independent, face-to-face careers advice and access to information about options and careers. The report does, however, raise some key concerns, such as the need for better quality data about young people’s journeys from education to employment.”
Notes to editors:
1. London Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion. It also runs a number of direct services for member authorities including the Freedom Pass, Taxicard and Health Emergency Badge. It also runs an independent parking appeals service and a pan-London grants programme for voluntary organisations.
2. London Ambitions sets out seven recommendations for the London Ambitions career offer to transform the landscape of careers and employment support for young people across the capital, regardless of the particular school or college they attend. It was published in June 2015 by London Councils, the London Enterprise Panel and the Mayor of London's office. For more information, visit www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/londonambitionscareers.
3. For more information on the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility's report, visit www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/social-mobility/news-parliament-2015/social-mobility-report-published/