Trainee designers at Haringey’s Collage Arts have just completed work on a very important commission – to design the marketing materials for a scheme that will bring 800 jobless young Londoners into employment.
Aspire-2.be will create new jobs for underemployed, talented young Londoners aged 16-19, who have not yet found their way into jobs or careers.
Over 700 young people will go on to do apprenticeships (jobs with vocational qualifications) and many others (100+) will be helped into full-time employment or livelihoods in sectors where they have specific aptitudes.
Manoj Ambasna, Chief Executive of Collage Arts, explains:
“2012 is going to be the year when London’s hospitality, sport, creative and media sectors will be getting international attention. So, Aspire-2.be is prioritising working with employers in these sectors. But we are creating jobs with training in other sectors including IT and business admin, childcare, fashion, retail and logistics. Aspire-2.be will transform the lives of the young people we train and put valuable, enthusiastic and skilled staff into businesses across London.”
The Aspire-2.be promoters have specific experience with young people who have faced challenges in their education and development.
Celia Greenwood, Chief Executive of Aspire-2.be partner WAC, said:
“The reason that Aspire-2.be will be successful is because the people and organisations involved collectively have hundreds of years of experience of designing development packages specific to the needs of each young person.
We will be working with young people from all 33 London boroughs and we will be specifically looking for young people who have faced additional obstacles in working towards careers in their chosen fields. Aspire-2.be will enable them to get customised training which overcomes a lack of work place experience or understanding what employers need and expect.
We know these programmes work – WAC alumni include Dappy from the hip hop group N-Dubz and actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste.”
People with learning disabilities, young parents, young people who have offended and young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented in many of the targeted sectors, will be particularly welcome. Young people from these backgrounds will make up a significant percentage of 1,200 people being supported through mentoring, information and guidance to help them overcome the challenges they have faced to date.
The programme is mainly targeting jobs in the voluntary and private sector, but some young people will become self-employed.
Manoj Ambasna, continues :
“Despite the underlying economic conditions we know that some sectors in London are either growing or have growth potential. At the same time there are large numbers of under-employed young Londoners with many of the skills these businesses need.
With Aspire-2.be we will be bringing together employers and young people. We are reducing the risks of recruitment of young people. This is because we support young people to bridge gaps in their knowledge or experience that currently hold them back. We will start with 1200 young people and over 750 of them will be helped into new careers that will set them up for life.”
Aspire-2.be will help to address the wellbeing of the young people – ensuring that they can budget, cook and stay fit and healthy to maximize their potential to flourish in the work place. By starting with an accurate assessment of the young persons’ needs – and actively exploiting the opportunities and expertise afforded by the Aspire-2.be agencies working collaboratively to respond to the young persons development needs and aptitudes – the programme will succeed in getting people working.
The partners are already working in 30 boroughs and between them operate out of 66 venues – so most young people in London are already close to one of the Aspire-2.be venues
Aspire-2.be is a Training for Work programme funded by the Education Funding Agency, Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund. It runs until December 2014.
To find out more about the opportunities available contact: Preeti Dasgupta email email@example.com or 020 8829 1313
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