19 January 2012

Boris: Join uniformed groups to gain skills

Mayor Johnson today unveiled a new programme to boost job prospects for thousands of young Londoners and steer them away from crime.

In plans outlined during a visit to the Merton Sea Cadets Centre, thousands of young Londoners will have the chance to join uniformed groups like the Guides, Scouts and Cadets, helping them develop vital skills and instil discipline and responsibility. The programme, run by the Safer London Foundation, is aimed at young people particularly at risk of being excluded from education, training or employment.

Thirty-eight new uniformed groups will open over three years and two-thirds will be in boroughs with areas of high deprivation. So far, 100 new adult volunteers and 1,000 young people have signed up. And by the end of 2014 this will grow to 1,000 volunteers, enabling 8,000 young people currently on the waiting lists across the capital to join these groups.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Uniformed groups are a fantastic way for youngsters to get involved in a myriad of activities, which will help equip them with the skills they need to succeed in life.

"It’s a modern tragedy that so many of our young people are struggling to get a foothold in the jobs market and are drifting into crime. By instilling self-reliance, discipline and a sense of competition, young people can aspire to a better future.”

This programme is part of Team London.

Since 2008, tens of thousands of Londoners have taken part in Team London and it now aims to encourage an additional 10,000 to join in before May 2012. Young Londoners are also benefiting from the Mayor's apprenticeship drive, with over 30,000 already taking part. Boris lobbied and personally wrote to some of the capital's largest employers, urging them to take part and help more Londoners into work, while working to create 2,000 opportunities within the GLA group.


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