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Boroughs team up with Europe to help more Londoners back to work

Boroughs team up with Europe to help more Londoners back to work

Thirteen London boroughs have joined forces with the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver more than 8 million to projects seeking to help Londoners into paid work.

Nineteen different projects will receive the funding under the ESF framework, which was set up to improve the skills and employment of people throughout the EU.

Under the agreement, ESF money is match funded by the boroughs to double the amount of money available to help organisations working to improve employment in their local area.

Among projects being funded are a scheme to help workless parents into employment, and a scheme to provide individuals with mental health, physical or learning disabilities with the skills and support they need to access the job market.

Chairman of London Councils Grants Committee, Councillor Lynne Hillan said: In these financially turbulent times when thousands could be at risk of losing their jobs, it will become increasingly important that we do more to help people gain access to and stay in paid work.
Working with ESF, these boroughs are going the extra mile for their residents and ensuring a host of schemes designed to get more Londoners back to work will receive the funding they need.
Some of the innovative projects due to receive funding include:
Passport to employment: a project in Barking and Dagenham to help workless parents into employment. The scheme will deliver individually tailored employability support and training for parents and carers, delivered through childrens centres across the borough.
Kingston Workstart: run by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, the scheme will provide tailored support to 115 Kingston residents whose long term employment is at risk due to mental health, physical or learning disabilities.
Shape your life: provided by Barnabas Workshops in Redbridge, the scheme will target support in specific wards in the borough with low employment rates.
Wandsworth Future Works run by Talent Recruitment Ltd, this is an innovative creative project to tackle worklessness among black males of Caribbean heritage aged 19-25 across Wandsworth.

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