£30m funding pot to boost access to jobs

The
five Learning and Skills Councils (LSC) in London have been granted an
additional £30m of European social funding to help build skills across the
capital.

The
councils have agreed to pool the money to fund projects that address regionally
significant skills needs – particularly those that can be effectively
implemented.

Jacqui
Henderson, LSC regional director for London, said the capital still had too
many people with little or no qualifications who could not break into the jobs
market.

“This
injection of funding is seeking to address the situation by helping us reach
out to individuals and provide them with the opportunity to fulfil their
ambitions in the labour market,” she said.

It
is hoped the initiative will benefit Londoners in a variety of ways, including:


helping unemployed and inactive people enter work


providing opportunities for disadvantaged people


promoting lifelong learning


developing the skills of employed people


improving women’s participation in the labour market.

“We
want to ensure that everyone, regardless of their social background, has the
opportunity to work,” said Henderson.

The
official launch of the programme is scheduled to take place in early May.
Application forms and prospectuses will be available to organisations who wish
to apply for funding at the event.

www.lsc.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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