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Widening participation for BAME young people (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

How will your Budget increase education opportunities for young BAME Londoners, and widen participation in adult education and the jobs market for BAME graduates?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

One of the key aims of my Skills for Londoners Strategy is to empower all Londoners to access the education and skills to participate in society and progress in education and work. We’re using the Adult Education Budget, European Social Fund and other funded programmes to support this aim.

Through my Mayor’s Construction Academy and Digital Talent Programme we are investing in training to support young Londoners, particularly BAME Londoners and other under-represented groups, to find and progress in work.

My Workforce Integration Network (WIN) will also continue to address under-representation in London’s workforce. In its first phase, it has focused on supporting young black men aged 16 to 24 years into living wage employment in London. WIN is helping employers understand their role in breaking down structural barriers that prevent Londoners from accessing and progressing in good-quality work so we can build a workforce that properly reflects London’s diversity.