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Square Mile Jobs working for the unemployed

27 March 2013

A new scheme to help unemployed workers find jobs in the City launches today and will be run by Prospects in the City, part of the Prospects Group, which specialises in education, employment and training.

Funded by the City of London and London Councils European Social Fund Co-Financing Programme, “Square Mile Jobs” will support more than 200 participants, aged 18 to 65 from the ‘fringe boroughs’, with one to one advice on working in the City, information on what employers want, work tasters and access to sustainable jobs with peer mentoring.

Prospects, the City of London Corporation, City firms and job brokerages throughout the City’s neighbouring boroughs will feed into a quality standard and will meet quarterly to share best practice. This ‘legacy’ element will improve job brokerages understanding of jobs available in the City, and how to support unemployed residents hoping to start a career in the City.

The project will work closely with those aged between 20-24 and 50-60, and jobseekers from ethnic groups most likely to be affected by unemployment. For high level and graduate jobs the focus will be on suitably qualified jobseekers, including those affected by the economic down turn. Less skilled workers, with few or no qualifications, will be helped into entry level jobs including security, catering and office administration.

Prospects in the City has provided specialist opportunities for young people to gain direct insight into a multitude of careers in the City of London for more than five years and has extensive knowledge of the sort of job vacancies and the skills required by City firms. Square Mile Jobs will also target employers in the City to ensure job vacancies are matched to prospective candidates from the programme.

Katie Mawhinney, Head of Prospects in the City, said: “I am delighted to start work on this exciting new project, which will help residents from less prosperous parts of London share in the success of the City by finding new job opportunities. Raising aspirations is at the heart of Prospects in the City. In some of the fringe boroughs, those without occupational skills account for nearly a quarter of unemployed people. Square Mile Jobs will support those who may not have considered themselves suitable for a job in the City, work with them to change their perception and help find them a suitable role.”

Mawhinney continued: “Square Mile Jobs will also work with those who have been affected by the economic downturn. For example graduates who have been unable to find work and other qualified, experienced candidates who have been made redundant during the down turn. The project will showcase the variety of roles available in the City and help create sustainable employment for Londoners living closest to the square mile.”

Mark Boleat, elected Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation, says: “Maximising employment and business opportunities is a key part of what we do to help those neighbouring the Square Mile. Londoners from all walks of life have so much to offer businesses in the City, and this scheme brings together both sides by improving access.”

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Notes to Editor

About Prospects in the City
Prospects in the City, part of the Prospects Group, has provided specialist opportunities for young people to gain direct insight into a multitude of careers that exist in the City of London for more than five years. Its City Careers Open House, targets primary school pupils, their parents or carers and their teachers in the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Camden, Islington, Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

For more information please visit: www.prospectsinthecity.co.uk

About Prospects
Prospects is a leading education, employment and training company, working nationally and internationally. We estimate we help more than one million people each year, through an extensive range of high quality services.

We are one of the first and largest new employee owned mutual companies, with shares owned by managers and staff.

Our services include;

  • Careers services for adults and young people –including the National Careers Service in three regions
  • Advice and guidance for offenders in custody, in Greater London and Yorkshire and Humber
  • The Work Programme, the government's major initiative to help long term unemployed people back to work, in the South West, London and Bristol
  • Ofsted Early Years Inspection Services in the Midlands and North of England
  • Youth Contract targeted support for young people aged 16-17 in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber
  • An extensive range of education consultancy and school improvement services
  • Academy sponsorship through Prospects Academies Trust, an independent charity supporting the development of Academies and Free Schools.

      We are also widely recognised for expertise in events management, recruitment, community regeneration and educational resources. Gabbitas, one of the most trusted names in independent education, is part of the Prospects Group.

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      PR Manager
      Prospects
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