The extensive work undertaken by the Employment Commission has provided a clear sense of what we need to do to get more local people into work. The council will lead the way in implementing recommendations of the Commission.
We believe, with the right support, that more people can move off long term benefit dependency and find a job that is right for them.
Our progress in 2015/16 includes
- Supporting 1150 unemployed residents into paid work (over half were long term unemployed)
- Delivered adult learning courses to 2,300 residents to develop skills for work. Ofsted rated our provision as Good in 2016.
- Launched Islington Aspires – a website for local employers wanting to offer employment support to residents and schools. 120 employers have engaged so far, offering Saturday jobs, apprenticeships and part time job opportunities
- Increased the rate of young people staying in education post 16. 96.7% of Year 11s from Islington schools moved into education or training this year (compared to 94.4% last year.
- 104 people were placed into apprenticeships including 44 at the council.