Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics show the significant impact coronavirus has had on livelihoods across the UK. In preparation, Croydon Labour has been developing enhanced support to residents whose employment, skills, and training opportunities have been affected.
This has included working with businesses and providers across the borough to provide new training and employment opportunities for the residents worst affected by the economic fallout of Coronavirus.
In this effort the council – in partnership with Croydon College, has successfully secured £393,000 funding from the Greater London Authority. This funding will be used to develop and enhance the council’s flagship apprenticeship programme.
The money will enable Croydon to offer more residents a high quality career pathway through apprenticeship training and enable the council to furthur assist small and medium sized businesses to create apprenticeship spaces. The extra support will also be used to create an online apprenticeship portal full of information, advice and guidance on starting an apprenticeship.
Coronavirus has also highlighted the plight of the care sector, with understaffed and overstretched workers struggling to care properly for those that need it. So in response to Covid-19 Croydon’s Labour council is launching Croydon Care Academy.
The academy will bring together a range of Croydon health and social care employers to fill job vacancies and new apprenticeship opportunities in the sector. The academy will also assist residents in developing the skills they need for exciting careers within the health and social care industry.
Unemployed residents will soon be able to receive one to one support to help them become work ready. They will also be able to access training through the council’s Gateway Employment Support team who are working in a new partnership with Croydon Works.
Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed (pictured), cabinet member for economy and jobs
“The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on employment, and in Croydon, we are more determined than ever to support those affected.
“Croydon will work tirelessly to create new jobs and training opportunities for those out of work, including by working with local employers to support them to rebuild and recover from this crisis.
“We will also continue to work closely with those in the training sector, promoting new and existing courses and programmes available to residents to enable them to develop the skills needed as we adjust to new ways of working. Employment, skills and training support is there for all our residents and I’d encourage anyone who needs it to get in touch to learn more about how the council’s offering could help them.”