Ladder For London
City Gateway and the Evening Standard are joining forces to combat youth unemployment in London and we want you to join us! You can read all of the coverage of the campaign here.
What are we asking?
We want companies – large, medium and small – to take one or more City Gateway trained apprentices. These apprentices will typically already completed a year of pre-apprenticeship training in a vocational area of either Business Administration, Customer Service or Sports Fitness alongside English and Maths GCSE equivalents with City Gateway. Apprentices will be ready to start an Apprenticeship (Intermediate or Advanced) with you whilst continuing training with City Gateway in either Business Admin, Customer Service or Sports Fitness. They could work in your IT, customer service, human resources, marketing, sales departments, fitness centres, or any department with entry-level positions.
Why are we doing this?
Youth unemployment has reached crisis proportions not seen for a generation with one in four young Londoners unemployed. Their biggest obstacle is lack of work experience and an apprenticeship provides the ideal sustainable start for a young person seeking that first rung on the ladder.
Who is City Gateway?
It is a social enterprise that provides apprenticeship training for previously disengaged young people and is regarded as setting the gold standard for apprenticeships. Based in Tower Hamlets and founded 13 years ago, City Gateway was graded “outstanding” by Ofsted and has won several awards, including a Centre for Social Justice award in 2011 and a Big Society Award and Investors in People Gold in 2012.
How will it work?
Taking on apprentices is simple. You would:
- Be provided with a shortlist of suitable candidates to interview
- Take on each apprentice for one year (if you can only manage part of a year, City Gateway will ‘buddy you up’ with another employer)
- Have them work for you for at least 30 hours a week
- Release them one day a week to complete their NVQ Intermediate or Advanced training
- Be provided with ongoing support by City Gateway.
Is there a sweetener?
For every apprentice you take (up to a maximum of ten), you may be eligible for a Government grant of £1,500, provided you have 1,000 employees or less, a London postcode and have not taken an apprentice in the last year. City Gateway will do all the paperwork to make it easy. This grant is available until December 2014.
What will it cost you?
You are required to pay each apprentice the national apprentice wage of £2.68/hr, though we encourage the London Living Wage of £8.80/hr or the National Minimum Wage of £6.31/hr. You can either employ an apprentice directly from City Gateway, or City Gateway can pay the apprentice and invoice you instead. For a full explanation of all costs of taking on an apprentice please speak to a member of our campaign team.
Will you join us? Fill in the form below and one of our Corporate Relations Team will contact you or call Jason Barrant or Irene Ngowi on 0203 727 6335.