Rebuilding a fairer economy: New partnership to help young people back into work
Hackney Council and London Metropolitan University have formed a new partnership to offer a range of programmes to improve employment opportunities for students across the borough.
The partnership is part of the Council’s long term response to the Coronavirus pandemic and its work to rebuild an inclusive economy to help residents into work during and after this difficult time.
By working together the two organisations will co-design solutions particularly among groups facing employment disadvantage by bringing high-quality education, training and paid work to the borough.
The Council has already begun to implement this approach with a new digital service, giving residents exposure to a variety of opportunities with some of Hackney’s most groundbreaking tech, digital and creative businesses; along with establishing a network of university partners alongside a cluster of Hackney-based institutions.
As part of our manifesto commitment we are working towards creating an inclusive economy which includes accessible job opportunities for our young people and more chances for the public and private sector to collaborate.
We are dedicated to building and deepening our work with local partners like London Met to ensure that young graduates have access to the available employment and training opportunities available to them. Cllr Williams and I, on behalf of Hackney are proud to launch this new and exciting partnership and look forward to helping, even in these difficult times, young people across the borough achieve their dreams and ambitions.
The partnership will facilitate links between the University and employers within Hackney, by creating meaningful introductions with Hackney school careers teams and building a strong link between London Met and the Council’s employment and skills programmes.
London Met is one of the capital’s vital civic institutions and we are committed to driving opportunity for all. The London Borough of Hackney shares in our ambition to foster the best work and employment outcomes for its residents.
We’re delighted to be contributing to the boroughs skills strategy and working with them to develop an innovative range of programmes, placements, networks and projects that will improve life chances across Hackney.
Through this scheme and its broader work to rebuild an inclusive economy, one of the primary trends the Council is aiming to tackle is the growth in both highly skilled and low skilled entry-level positions in the borough, but a comparative decrease in intermediate-level roles.
The partnership will work to ensure residents have the skills required to access these higher level roles and that pathways are in place to enable residents to access opportunities.