The Good Jobs Campaign was launched in East London in July 2015 to address a growing skills gap and the barriers to social mobility faced by young people. Employers have become increasingly unwilling to hire and train young people over time. As a result, many spend years moving in and out of insecure and low paid jobs before finding stable work. The lack of decent training or progression opportunities is most pronounced for young people from schools and communities without the connections to support access to higher skilled jobs. 

Citizens UK’s Good Jobs Campaign tackles these problems by working with schools and colleges in disadvantaged communities and employers in high skill sectors to create new high quality training pathways into good jobs for young people. 

Our objectives are:

  • Raising awareness of the issues young people face in the labour market
  • Setting a clear benchmark for best practice by demonstrating how schools, employers and civil society can work together to create more opportunities for young people
  • Increasing the number of employers offering ‘good jobs’ opportunities where students are paid a Living Wage and receive real progression opportunities

In its pilot year the Campaign set up 4 new high quality training pathways with 6 major employers in the engineering, health, media and creative industries – providing specialist vocational and employability training for over 150 young people. Participating employers also created nearly 100 new high quality internships, apprenticeships and work experience placements for young people to apply to at the end of the initial pathways.

We have recruited 200 students onto the second year of the pathways, which run from October 2016 to May 2017.

To find out more about our work, see our programmes page.


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