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Increasing Opportunities 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. In a bid to tackle this, Trust for London, City Bridge Trust and the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) have created the Moving on Up initiative, a programme to improve employment outcomes for young black men in London.    

In Phase One of the programme, from 2015 to 2017, Moving on Up worked with a network of employment support providers to help more than 250 young black men into jobs. It aimed to do this by funding work that would improve the support offered to them and increase their pathways into employment. It also undertook policy influencing work to promote greater action to address the issue.

The lessons from Moving on Up Phase One are in the full Evaluation Report or you can read the summary.

Young black men are at the intersection of two characteristics that tend to disadvantage people in the labour market: Youth and BAME ethnicity

In Phase Two, 2017 to 2020, the programme is continuing to focus on employment outcomes for young black men in London but with a greater emphasis on improving opportunities for young black men to secure skilled jobs in higher-earning sectors including Construction, Financial services and Information Technology.

Phase Two endeavours to reduce the systemic issue of unemployment through targeted employer engagement by ensuring that practical actions are driven and adopted by employers.

Making sure that young black men have access to good quality jobs is an important part of closing the UK’s large and persistent ethnic wage gaps.

Bola Abisogun for Moving On Up

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