The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the GLA CFO commission co-financed ESF provision for young people in London.
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
After delivering a comprehensive package of activities until March 2019, the ESFA is now focussing on a NEET programme across London. Projects are delivered by Martinex, Dimensions Training Solutions, Skills Training UK and Capital City College Training until 2021 and will see nearly 5,800 young people aged 16-24 being supported to improve their education, employability and personal skills and help them to progress into sustained education, training or employment.
GLA CFO ESF Youth Programme
The Mayor’s ESF Youth programme 2019-2023 covers 6 different strands:
- ‘Careers Clusters’ will improve the labour market relevance and responsiveness of London’s CEIAG to employers needs and to better equip young Londoners for the world of work,
- ‘Gangs prevention’ aims at reducing the number of young Londoners who are involved with gangs, increase the number of at-risk young Londoners who remain in Education, Employment and Training and equipping them with the soft skills required to negotiate healthy relationships and achieve success,
- ‘Sector Skills' will support adults and young people to gain relevant skills and find work in specific sectors, and, increase participation of under-represented groups,
- 'targeted people aged 15-24 and not in education, employment or training (NEET)' will increase the chances of young Londoners aged 16 to 24 who are NEET and have other specific complex needs to achieve sustained education, training and employment results.,
- 'Continuing Participation' for those who are risk of becoming NEET aims at increasing the number of at-risk young people who continue in education, training and/or employment and equipping them with the skills required to achieve sustained results,
- 'young people with special educational needs or disability' who are NEET will increase the chances of young Londoners aged 16 to 24 who have SEND and who are NEET to achieve sustained education, training and employment results.
The GLA CFO has also developed other ESF co-financed programmes due to finish in 2020 which aim at bringing care leavers back into work, and developing young participants' digital skills.
Details of the GLA CFO provision can be found here.