4,000 Londoners supported into employment through Love London Working
Finding work in London can be hard. There is a lot of competition, and not all recruitment processes are the same, many with hurdles or requirements that newer jobseekers may find hard to get over. But whether employers have background checks or specific qualifications as a requirement, Love London Working does their best to support jobseekers into winning these roles and more.
Love London Working is celebrating supporting 4,000 people into employment across the capital, with 3,000 BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Londoners securing work after participating in the voluntary employment programme.
Love London Working is open to anyone aged over 16 who lives in the capital and is not in work, formal training or enrolled in a mandatory employment programme. Launched in 2016, the objective is to provide economically inactive Londoners with the support they need to join the labour market. The programme caters to the needs of a wide variety of Londoners, from young people seeking their first full time role, to parents returning to the labour market after years as a full time parent.
The programme is delivered by a consortium of 13housing associations*, led by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group. Every individual who registers on the programme is paired with a specialist employment adviser (employed by one of the housing associations) and provided with a bespoke plan to support them into work. Activity can include: CV drafting, interview practice, assistance in searching for vacancies and the provision of formal training. The emphasis is not only to help people into work, but to sustain employment for the long-term, with support from advisers lasting up to six months after they start in their role.
Love London Working has been live since January 2016 and has now supported 4,000 people into employment.
- 75% of all the people supported into work are BAME Londoners
- 56% are women
- 22% were previously unemployed for longer than 12 months
The £13 million project is co-funded by the consortium housing associations and the European Social Fund (ESF). The project is managed by the GLA, which has responsibility for the management of all ESF programmes across London.