Bromley Youth Employment Project

Published Wednesday, 13 March 2013

An exciting scheme to help Bromley’s unemployed young people will get underway in partnership with Bromley College next month.

The project will tackle youth unemployment in Bromley through the creation of sustainable job opportunities and will begin in April, running for three years.  The news follows the award of a contract to Bromley College after a competitive tendering process.  The council are investing £500,000 into the scheme which will create apprenticeships and internships for 198 unemployed 18-24 year old Bromley residents. 

"Particularly during the uncertain and tough economic times that we are facing it is vitally important to secure the future of our younger generation.  We have recognised the long lasting negative effects early experiences of unemployment can have on a generation of young people and we are keen to help them to achieve a positive start to their working life, with support to find sustainable employment opportunities" said Councillor Graham Arthur, Executive Councillor for Resources. 

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that the employment opportunities created for young unemployed Bromley residents will have a sustainable outcome, improving their quality of life and boosting the local economy.  Internships will be supported for six months and will give young people the experience and skills they need to launch their careers.  The apprenticeships will combine 'hands on' training at work with a structured qualification and will last for one year. 

The project will also provide support to employers looking to appoint a young person in a job with a staged grant being made available to assist with employment costs. 

Mrs Sam Parrett, Principal of Bromley College said: "Bromley College would like to thank the council for their commitment to this important work and for their ambition and vision for young people in the borough. We are delighted to be working in partnership with them to offer some exciting employment opportunities to Bromley residents.  

The college has built a strong reputation for delivering positive outcomes for young people and it works with a large number of employers in many sectors to provide young people with the work skills and knowledge that employers really need and value.  

The college currently offers over 20 apprenticeship programmes for over 800 of its enrolled students in a range of subjects including accountancy, beauty therapy, bricklaying, childcare, customer service, electrical installation, health and social care, mortgage advice and retail." 

News about the launch of the project ties in with National Apprenticeship Week between 11 March and 15 March 2013.  The National Apprenticeship Service bus will be stopping in Bromley town centre on 14 March to offer advice and guidance to young people interested in becoming an apprentice. 

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