Today, marks the fourth annual UK Employability Day and Waltham Forest College joins a host of organisations to emphasise the challenges surrounding employability in the UK.
Employability Day is the UK’s largest celebration for organisations supporting local people to gain, sustain and progress in work.
Coordinated by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), hundreds of businesses, charities and public bodies will throw open their doors to raise awareness about how they support local people.
Waltham Forest College is one of London’s most successful FE colleges with a yearly intake of 4500+ students from 31 London boroughs and counties across the UK. Every day, the College and thousands of organisations across the country help transform the lives of individuals and their communities.
The ESF funds projects that support disadvantaged people into work. Britain will lose access to the fund – worth £3bn between 2014 and 2020 – when it leaves the EU. Waltham Forest College supports the ERSA led campaign to safeguard investment for employment and skills support post Brexit and ensure there is no loss of funding for disadvantaged communities.
This year’s Employability Day theme is ‘closing the gaps’. Despite record employment, there are still significant disparities between groups in terms of employment rate, pay and career progression. For example, disadvantaged young people are three times less likely to stay in education or find a job after school. Waltham Forest College is helping to close the gaps by providing opportunities for young people to gain key employability skills necessary for increasing their career prospects and creating their own future.
Amir Ahmed, College Director, said “Our students are making a real difference in the UK’s economy and we are proud to provide London with a skilled workforce that closes the skills gap across various sectors”.
“Our growth plans are ambitious. Key to this is maintaining high quality and increasing agility so that we respond quickly to opportunities. We want to be future proofed, not just as a financially viable organisation, but one that is able to invest for growth and sustainability.