Since the pandemic, the unemployment rate has risen for young black men at an unprecedented rate. In a bid to tackle this, Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) have been working together on the Moving on Up initiative, a programme to improve employment outcomes for young black men in London.
The unemployment rate for young black men in the UK, the great majority of whom live in London, is more than double the rate for young white men. This disparity has persisted for years. It has led to Dame Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee calling the recent rise “an extraordinary differential in job losses among young black people.”
Work started in 2014, when a network of employment support providers were funded to help more than 250 young black men into jobs. Learning from the first few years of the initiative helped us shape our current programme of work, which is now more focused on the following strands of work:
The Moving on Up partners are working with the Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Team, who share the same goals. BTEG has also produced an ‘inclusive employers toolkit’ to support employers to make changes within their own organisations, so that more young black men are employed. The toolkit can be found here
For further information about the Initiative contact Jeremy Crook, BTEG – 020 7832 5800 email: firstname.lastname@example.org