Helping young people find meaningful work

Too many young people are unable to fulfil their aspirations and improve their lives because they lack the skills, confidence and support needed to progress into meaningful work.

Helping young people find meaningful work

Young people need to be better prepared for the world of work. They need to be inspired by and well-informed about the opportunities open to them, receiving up to date, useful information. They need to engage in purposeful encounters with employers, gaining valuable insights and developing relevant skills.

A well-planned programme of careers education, guidance and work-related learning in schools and colleges should ensure every young person receives these opportunities and receives individual help and advice to choose the most appropriate pathway.

Opportunities for young people to earn while they learn, through part-time jobs, work experience, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships, should equip them with the experience and skills to compete successfully for jobs and progress into longer-term and more fulfilling employment.

We fund projects that raise young people’s aspirations. We want them to find jobs they enjoy and that allow them to develop as individuals.

How can we improve young people’s job prospects?

Over a 5-year period, from 2017 to 2022, we aim to:

  • Support secondary schools in Camden and Islington to help ensure that they all provide a good standard of careers education and guidance, with a structured and systematic approach, that prepares all students effectively for the world of work.
  • Stimulate and support increased opportunities for young people in Camden and Islington to 'earn while they learn', benefitting from real jobs, paid work experience or traineeships, internships, or apprenticeships, as a core strategy for enhancing employability and strengthening progression pathways.

Our first funding rounds relating to these two priorities opened in 2017. These grant programmes are currently closed for applications.

Find out more about the grants awarded under the Careers Education & Guidance Programme.

We currently fund: