We are delighted to be partnering with The Evening Standard, The Independent and Barclays LifeSkills as part of their Skill up, Step up campaign.

This campaign has come about in response to the dramatic rise in youth unemployment in London soaring by 55% to 105,000 since the start of the pandemic, meaning 21% of 16-24 year olds are jobless at a time of record job vacancies of 1.17million countrywide. It points to an urgent need to address the stark mismatch between the skills and experience disadvantaged young people have had the opportunity to develop, and those demanded by employers.

Thanks to funds of £1m from Barclays, Skill up, Step up aims to upskill unemployed young Londoners so they can be work ready and step up into sustainable jobs or apprenticeships.

Because of the work we already do supporting young people aged 16-24 to give them the skills and experience they need to secure a job or apprenticeship; we are delighted to have been chosen as one of the first charity partners to be part of the campaign.

/   i’m an employer

The campaign is asking companies – large, medium and small – to step up to the plate with a pledge to employ one or more trainees in a job or apprenticeship. They could work in your IT, customer service, human resources, marketing or sales departments, or any department with entry-level positions. If you’d like to pledge an opportunity, please speak to our dedicated team, Trusha Patel on 07720 683997 or Rasharn Forde on 07815 553825 or email partnership@citygateway.org.uk


i’m a young person

If you are looking to get into a job or an apprenticeship then sign up to our traineeship programme today. We will give you those all-important work skills you need, as well as vital work experience, to help you step up into a sustainable job or apprenticeship. Click here to find out more.


i’d like to donate

If you would like to support our work to give even more young people the opportunity to reach their potential then please visit our donate page. Your donation will directly help young people change their future.


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