Up to £200,000 available to help Tower Hamlets organisations get young people into work

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 August 2018

A previous cohort of 16-18-year-olds who completed the HeadStart Action employability programme. Picture: The Challenge

A previous cohort of 16-18-year-olds who completed the HeadStart Action employability programme. Picture: The Challenge


Up to £200,000 is being offered to organisations in Tower Hamlets to roll out employability programmes.

The Challenge, a charity which aims to better integrate communities, is working with Sadiq Khan’s Young Londoner’s Fund to deliver HeadStart Action, an employability programme for young people.

£200,000 is being offered to five organisations to deliver the course, which provides 16-18-year-olds with interview skills, work experience and mentoring.

Community groups, small charities and voluntary organisations from Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to apply for the grants, which are £40,000 each. Each organisation will deliver the programme to at least 85 young people who are at risk of becoming NEETs (not in education, employment or training).

Emma Jenkins from The Challenge said: “The HeadStart Action pilot showed how the right support and interventions can open up a world of opportunities for young people who may not otherwise access further education or training.”

Deadline for applications is September 7. More information can be found here.

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