The Employability Fund

This fund aimed to support local organisations helping to improve employability in the area. Organisations were invited to apply for funding to enhance the local delivery of services to increase employability in North Brixton. There were two strands within this programme, and projects needed to address at least one.

Strand 1: Building skills of local people
This strand aimed to reach out to those who were not yet in a position to be able to find work. It aimed to engage those who were hard-to-reach whatever their circumstances and to provide appropriate stepping stones to help them to become ‘work-ready’.

Strand 2: Helping people into work
This strand was for those who were ‘work-ready’, who had skills but perhaps not the knowledge or information needed to be able to find employment. Projects under this strand were expected to provide practical skills and experience to help people create their own pathways into employment or enterprise.

Grants awarded

We awarded five grants of up to £20,000 in 2014 to projects which supported strand 1. We found that there was greater need for local people who are further away from the jobs market, who often face multiple barriers to finding employment.

27. 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning
To create two apprenticeship posts and eight work experience placements for NEET young people living in the Big Local Impact area.

28. Stockwell Park Estate Community Trust
To part-fund an Employment and Training Advisor to continue an existing employment support programme.

29. Raw Material Music and Media Education
To deliver a creative and cultural skills training programme with Arts Award accreditation.

30. Ripe Enterprises Ltd
To support migrants, refugees and local people with low literacy and numeracy to develop skills and knowledge that will lead them into employment.

31. Options 4 Change
To provide employment support for NEET young people (not in education, employment or training) with offending histories or engaging in criminal activities, from Angell Town and Loughborough Estates or Brixton.