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Moving on Up in Newham: Funding opportunity | Trust for London

Moving on Up is a Trust for London initiative, in partnership with City Bridge Trust and Black Training and Enterprise Group, designed to help young black men to find jobs and careers in London's competitive labour market. Its ambition is to increase the employment rate for economically active young black men in London from 64% in 2014 to 84% by 2020. Moving on Up is inviting applications from organisations to deliver work in Newham.

Since 2014 over £1.3 million has been invested in research and policy work; practical employment support for young black men; and work with employers. A major strand of work in Phase 2 of the initiative is to establish collective impact partnerships in two local authority areas.

Within the MoU programme, ‘young’ means age 16 to 24 and ‘black’ includes people from black British, black African, black Caribbean, other black and mixed black ethnic groups.

The available funding detailed below relates to work in Newham.

The initiative partners have been working with Newham Council, the Department of Work and Pensions, and local partner organisations to identify what can be done to improve employment for young black men in Newham. The partnership highlighted three issues which need to be addressed in order to enable young black men to reach potential in the labour market. These were:

  • Improved employer engagement
  • Improved outreach and engagement with young black men
  • Increased opportunities for in-work progression for young black men

In response, a Collective Impact Action Plan is being developed and will be finalised in July 2019. The plan will seek to deliver the following new services to address the above issues:

Priority 1: Employer engagement to support young black men to succeed in the labour market.

Priority 2: Outreach and engagement programme to enrol young black men in the Moving on Up Programme.

Priority 3: In-work progression programme to equip young black men to secure promotion opportunities.

Applications are now being sought from suitably experienced organisations, to deliver the proposed work as outlined in the specifications for each priority area (as detailed in Appendix A below). We expect applicant organisations to have:

  • A track record of supporting young black men into employment
  • An in-depth understanding of the barriers to accessing good quality employment faced by young black men in Newham
  • Experience of working with employers to generate job opportunities for young black men

Details of the specifications for each priority area (Appendix A) can be downloaded here

The application form (Appendix B) can be downloaded here

For more information about the specifications and priorities for Newham contact Derek Barrett at Newham Workplace -

There will also be a meeting for organisations interested in submitting an application on Thursday 27 June 10 – 12 noon at Workplace Westfield. To book a place please email

For more information about Moving on Up, please contact either Jeremy Crook (BTEG) or Sioned Churchill (Trust for London)




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