GLA session around effective transitions to post-16 destinations for disadvantaged young Londoners

Young Londoners, two black men

Research tells us that young black men face particular disadvantages when making the transition from education to employment, which mean they’re more likely to lack the networks, social capital and soft skills needed to find a good job.

We’re excited that the Greater London Authority (GLA) will soon launch a project to support young black men studying in alternative provision (AP) to improve their post-16 destinations, through a peer-to-peer network programme.

The network will increase participants’ exposure to a variety of careers and education pathways, provide access to relatable role models, establish a network of peers and develop participants’ network building capabilities.

Join us at this session where we will share ideas about how this project will support young black men in A.P to improve their post-16 destinations, through a peer-to-peer network programme.

The event will be an opportunity to:

• Hear more about the project

• Feed-in ideas

• Ask any questions you may have as a prospective provider

Register in advance here

London Careers Hubs £6.9m ESF/CEC Funding Opportunity

This programme will establish four London Careers Hubs, one in each sub-regional partnership area. We are seeking providers to deliver the below projects;

  • Central Project: £2,098,150   
  • South Project: £1,226,900  
  • West Project: £1,616,480  
  • East Project: £2,039,900  

Each Careers Hub will build on the work of the London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) in that area and be supported by employability activity for the schools and colleges in the Hub.

Projects are funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) and European Social Funds (ESF).

For more information, and to apply, see our website.

The deadline for Applications is 12:00hrs Friday 17 September 2021.

A Partnership Database has been created to help organisations develop relationships for funding opportunities. You can view registered organisations, or add yourself to this partnership database.

As of 25 August, the Payment Trigger Calculator (PTC) and the Partnership Declaration Form have both been updated to Version 2. Please ensure you are using this version. The changes are as follows:

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What will unemployment in London look like in the future and how will this differ among different sub groups of London residents?

Unemployment in London

London Councils commissioned Volterra to forecast what unemployment in London look like in the future and how will this differ among different sub-groups of Londoners and different areas of London (boroughs and sub-regions). Volterra produced forecasts for two time periods – to April 2021 and to September 2022. Key findings included: 

  • The LFS unemployment rate in London (based on the ILO definition of unemployment) is forecast to rise to 9.4% in December 2021 in the core scenario, 1.1 percentage points below the 2011 quarterly peak. This amounts to 464,000 Londoners unemployed. In the worst-case scenario, unemployment would rise to 11.8% in February 2022, equating to 580,000 unemployed Londoners. The LFS unemployment figures can miss out some Londoners. The alternative claimant count gives an estimate of 671,000 Londoners unemployed in the core scenario. 
  • There are significant variations between sub-regions. In absolute terms Central London Forward (CLF) will be home to the most unemployed people, estimated at 169,000 in Dec-2021 (core scenario), but will recover more quickly relative to other sub-regions. In relative terms, West London Alliance (WLA) is expected to be the hardest hit, with a peak unemployment rate of 10.4%. It is Local London (LL), however, where the unemployment rate (peaking at 9.6%) is predicted to remain persistently high for longest. 
  • Different groups in London have also been differentially impacted. The 16-24 age group is forecast to be the hardest hit, making up around a third of unemployed Londoners. This age group is however less likely to be furloughed, with older age groups being at highest risk of furlough. The older age group (50+) is at most risk of scarring. Our model predicts that 14,000 Londoners may drop out of the labour market.
  • Unemployment rates for NVQ1 or NVQ2 (only) qualified residents are forecast to reach three to three and a half times the unemployment rate for residents with NVQ4+ qualifications at peak. 
  • Male Londoners typically have higher unemployment rates than females, but the latter will continue to face greater work inequality and in-work poverty. 
  • Ethnic minorities will continue to experience worse unemployment rates than white residents across London, although the differential is not forecast to widen as a result of COVID-19. The proportion of Universal Credit claimants who are also in employment has increased during 2020, signalling greater issues of in-work poverty since COVID-19 emerged and a need to focus on this demographic of residents in recovery strategies. 

London: Higher Level Skills £5m ESF Funding Opportunity

ESF Funding Opportunity

Each £2.5m grant is funded by European Social Funds (ESF). They will help Londoners move into higher-level skilled training, qualifications and jobs. There’s a focus on supporting BAME people and those in low paid work without a Level 4, or above, qualification.  These projects contribute to the Mayor’s recovery plans by providing targeted skills development and employment support to Londoners who are disadvantaged in the labour market, and likely to be further disadvantaged by the impact of COVID-19 on London’s economy. 

Find out more and apply here.

Application deadline 12:00 (noon) Friday 14 May 2021.

Consultation opens for new Skills & Employment Knowledge Hub

London and the UK are experiencing a serious skills-to-jobs mismatch, and the gap is getting wider. In the last year, nearly 90% of UK employers struggled to recruit staff with the right skills*. London in particular faces a rapidly ageing population, EU workers leaving – or not coming – and barriers to learning and employment amongst vulnerable groups.

The jobs do exist; as noted above, many go unfilled while other employers are having to hire people not ready or suited for the work, causing instability for employer and employee. In many cases, the mismatch is about understanding which skills are – and will be – needed, and about access to relevant courses and in-work training.

Local services across all sectors are best placed to connect employers and jobseekers, but London needs a city-wide pool of information on skills and workforce trends, on how to access training and on how to find – and develop – a ready-for-work labour force.

To help, the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Strategy and ensuing Framework proposed a new Skills and Employment Knowledge Hub, which would draw on the world-class data in the London Datastore, connect to relevant networks, and learn from previous efforts. The Hub’s aim is to provide information in an accessible form to help policymakers, skills providers, employers and learners make informed decisions about employment, skills and the economy.

User input is key to making the new service work well. To gather views on how the Hub can be most useful for policymakers, employers, training providers and learners, the GLA is partnering with consultancy Rocket Science, cross-sector network Future of London and the Employment Related Services Association.

In May and June, Future of London and ERSA will run workshops and other live and online sounding boards to seek input from stakeholders across Greater London, while Rocket Science explores likely connections, alternatives in and beyond the UK, and ways to make the Knowledge Hub sustainable.

Questions will include experience of current skills and services information; what key groups need from a city-wide hub and how they want it to work. The hub is not designed to be a recruiting or jobseeker service, but should help learners and employers come together with better skills matches and training and employment signposting.

Future of London will run four sub-regional workshops including council and GLA policymakers, employers and related groups, while ERSA will run two events focused on training providers. Other activities for reaching learners including young people, older or vulnerable populations and non-English speakers are being developed as well.

If you or your organisation want a say, as part of a workshop, via online survey or in reaching one or more of the learner groups above, please get in touch. Your answers will be anonymised and your data protected.

Please email and say whether you are an employer, training provider or learner so we can best match you to a session.

GLA Skills & Employment The Greater London Authority (GLA), also known as City Hall, is the devolved regional governance body of London, with jurisdiction over both counties of Greater London and the City of London.


Rocket Science is an independent research and consultancy company working across England and Scotland, with particular specialism and experience in employment and skills. We are committed to making a difference to the lives of people and communities across the UK by supporting national and local government, its agencies, charities and the voluntary sector to deliver and improve their services.

Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 3,800+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders.

ERSA is the membership body for the employment support sector. Established in 2005, we campaign for and support the delivery of ever better services for the nation’s jobseekers and learners.