We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen by The Evening Standard, The Independent and Barclays Life Skills to be a charity partner for their Skill up, Step up campaign.

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

Never has our programme been more essential. We are currently witnessing a 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.

We are delighted to have been chosen to be one of their five charity partners and to have their support as we continue to prepare young people for the world of work through training, skills development and work experience with the wraparound support of our dedicated coaches.

The campaign will be encouraging small, medium and large companies to pledge to take on as many young people as they can and offer apprenticeships or jobs. Young people will progress through our Traineeship programme and then have access to these opportunities in departments such as IT, customer service, human resources, marketing or sales.

If you are an employer and are interested in becoming part of Skill up, Step up please contact our employer team Trusha Patel on 07720 683997 or Rasharn Forde on 07815 553825 or email partnership@citygateway.org.uk or to read more about the campaign please click here >

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