Prudential and Boris Johnson launch schemes for young jobseekers

UK insurer Prudential and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson are launching separate schemes to help young people get their foot on the career ladder.

Tue, 3 Jun 2014UK insurer Prudential and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson are launching separate schemes to help young people get their foot on the career ladder.

Prudential is investing £4.1m to develop an apprenticeship programme following the successful completion of a pilot scheme launched last year, in which 47 young people aged 16-26 took part.

The Prudential apprenticeship programme offers a high-quality, work-based training programme at its offices in London, Reading and Stirling, giving apprentices the opportunity to achieve a recognised vocational qualification, as well as gaining important work-based skills. It is based on a 12-month training contract, with all apprentices being paid the National Living Wage.

In addition to the Prudential launch, the London Mayor is offering young Londoners the chance to gain experience and increase their future employability thanks to two new volunteering schemes.

Team London, the mayor’s city-wide volunteering initiative, has teamed up with youth and community charity The Challenge to launch HeadStart London, a programme designed for 16-18-year-olds who are still in full-time education. They are encouraged to commit to 16 hours volunteering in their local area as a means of gaining valuable experience to prepare them for employment.

HeadStart London will offer employability workshops to young Londoners, including interview and assessment preparation, communications coaching and a guaranteed interview. Over the next three years the programme will work with around 5,000 youngsters giving them valuable experience to include in their CVs, while communities across the capital will benefit from more than 60,000 hours of support.

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