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Scheme to match young talent with employers’ skills gap leads to former Monoux student beating global competition to win Apprentice of the Year

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Sanna Shabir, a civil engineering technician apprentice at Atkins Global, has been named Apprentice of the Year at the 2016 international Consultancy & Engineering Awards. The Consultancy and Engineering Awards 2016 recognise and reward business excellence from across the consultancy and engineering sector globally

Sanna earned her place as an apprentice at Atkins  through the Good Jobs Campaign - a Citizens UK initiative which connects young people with businesses needing talented people. By working in partnership with employers and educational institutions, the Good Jobs Campaign has helped over 200 young people - who may otherwise have struggled to access employment opportunities without university qualifications - into jobs, apprenticeships and paid work experience.

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Students present vision for Thamesmead and Abbey Wood

 Greenwich Citizens with Teresa Pearce MP

 

As part of Greenwich Citizens, students from St. Paul's Academy, Abbey Wood took their classroom into the community to create a vision of Thamesmead and Abbey Wood with affordable and sustainable housing for families, employment opportunities for young people, and public spaces for the community, and presenting these to Teresa Pearce MP.

Gordon Davis, Head of Geography at St. Paul's Academy, said:

"To promote sustainable change we must engage and empower our students in issues of this significance. It is paramount to facilitate more of these experiences for our students – who are active members of the London community – to become the citizens that are the catalysts of change. Working with Citizens UK this year has been the medium in which we can facilitate these experiences to engage and empower our students. It has been a success for Geography and will continue to be a feature in next years study." 

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Citizens UK Awarded European Parliament Prize for work on Refugee Crisis

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Citizens UK is delighted to be awarded the European Parliament's Citizens Prize following successes in reuniting unaccompanied minors from the camps in Calais with family in the UK.

Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees for Citizens UK commented “As Europe continues to be wracked by the worsening refugee crisis, it is particularly pertinent to have been recognised by the European Parliament for our work aiming to reunite unaccompanied refugee children from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp with their families in the UK.

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Each Vote Matters

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There are 7.5 million people not registered to vote. These are mainly young people, private renters and members of the BME community.

There are benefits to registering. It allows you to put yourself in control of your identity, improve your credit rating and ensures we have a representative jury service. Alone, you may believe you have little influence. But together, no one can ignore us. Take power and register now!

You must register by 7 June if you want to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June. You can read the Statement from the Citizens UK Council on the EU Referendum here. 

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Omar draws his journey from Syria to Calais

Omar is one of many unaccompanied minors living in the camp known as the “Jungle” in Calais. 
 
With the help of Citizens UK's team in Calais, he told the BBC the story of his journey from Syria and drew some of his own experiences along the way. 
 
BBC Producers have brought Omar’s drawings to life in this compelling animated short

 

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Mental Health Blog: Martin's Story

Leeds Citizens is campaigning local NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to work with us to improve primary care mental health services, so everyone has access to a ‘navigator’ – a locally-based mental health professional linked to their GP.

In the first in our series of stories from Leeds Citizens members about their experiences with mental health services, Adrian Strain of Newman Parish, speaks about his son Martin.

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First day of the new Mayor of London

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Aiana Iacob of London South Bank University Students’ Union reports the new Mayor of London first day at the office: On his first working day as Mayor, Citizens UK has brought together 200 people in front of the City Hall to welcome him. They have prepared croissants for Khan and his team while reminding him of the promises he made at the Mayoral Assembly on 28th April.

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How will the new Mayor of London help Londoners with Housing problems?

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Aiana Jacob of London South Bank University Students’ Union reports on her experience of action at the London Citizens Mayoral Assembly. 

On 28th April, 6000 people have gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the 2016 London Mayoral Accountability Assembly. The front-running candidates for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith from the Conservative party and Sadiq Khan from the Labour party, were present to publicly respond to Citizens UK questions around Living Wage, Jobs, Employment Opportunities for young people and Housing matters.

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Zac & Sadiq Announce Commitments to Adopt New Policies on Housing and Living Wage

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  • 6000 civic leaders from across London call on London Mayoral candidates to back innovative proposals to tackle the housing crisis.
  • Zac Goldsmith backs the London Citizens recommendation to make more GLA suppliers pay the London Living Wage and for Community Land Trusts to become mainstreamed across the city.
  • Sadiq Khan adopts the London Citizens’ Good Development Standard to support the building of more genuinely affordable homes, and public transparency.
  • 2500th accredited Living Wage Employer announced.
  • Powerful testimony on impact of these issues delivered by key workers.

 

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Watch Live London Citizens Mayoral Assembly

Missed the biggest event of the Mayoral Campaign? Watch the proceedings here. 

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