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AAF is an accredited training organisation with 20 years’ experience working mainly with BME communities. We are Matrix accredited and have successfully delivered a number of skills and employment programmes including London Councils/ESF and European Integration Fund. We offer training facilities, excellent links and networks within diverse networks and great professionalism.

Blue Sky is an award-winning charity that solely employs ex-offenders for 6 months and offers them a package of rehabilitation support whilst with us (training, housing support, mentoring and jobs brokering). We operate over 20 commercial contracts around London and anticipate having more than 100 vacancies to offer ex-offenders this year alone. We have a track record of successfully delivering ESF programmes in the past – notably being part of London Probation’s PIANO programme where we achieved all the employment and training outcomes assigned to us. We are also currently a specialist provider to Reed and A4e on the DWP’s

BELS has been operational since 2001 and we have a long and successful track record of supporting disadvantaged 14 to 25 year-olds and preparing them for adult and working life successfully progressing them into employment and/or further training. We run personal development and pre-employment programmes, enabling young people to improve their social skills and employment prospects. We deliver a range of activities including: A One-to-One Matrix Accredited Information, Advice and Guidance Service; Employability skills, Personal Development Programmes; Job Clubs; Job and Training Brokerage and In-Work and in-Learning Support. We have extensive local support networks enabling us to reach out to young people and tap into the resources of the local community to maximise on the support and the outcomes for young people.
We run personal development and pre-employment programmes, enabling young people to improve their social skills, educational achievements and employment prospects, and encouraging them to take control of their future. In relation to these programmes, we deliver a range of activities including: A One-to-One Matrix Accredited Information, Advice and Guidance Service; A Personal Development Programme; Job Clubs; Job and Training Brokerage and In-Work and in-Learning Support.
BELS has been operational since 2001 and has a long track record of supporting disadvantaged 14 to 25 year-olds and preparing them for adult and working life raising their life aspirations, confidence and self-esteem.

We are a small BME Housing Association which operates in South London. We have a wealth of experience in working with women and their housing issues. We are committed to the provision of social housing and providing services to bring additional opportunities to our residents. We have a sound governance structure, a sound financial base and a board member with substantial experience of applying and obtaining EU grants . We have a number of ideas to develop into projects which we hope can attract EU funding.

HCT Group is a leading provider of public transport and related training services in the UK whilst promoting the concepts of social justice and equality for all. The combination of its services has led to its partnership working with other bus operators such as First, East London, Metrobus, Go Ahead, Abellio, CT Plus, etc. over the last 8 years. It prides itself in delivering end-to-end sector (transport and logistics) specific skills and employment support to BAME, lone parent, women, long term unemployed, who want to work and are prevented from doing so by a range of barriers. HCT has established partnership management structure which it adopts for its projects.

High Trees has been in operation for the past 16 years and is an established community anchor and hub working with local people and a range of partners to build the capacity of individuals. Guided by the needs of the local community we deliver and support a range of projects grouped in three interlined thematic areas:
•Community Development; nurturing and capacity building individuals to empower them to take local action
•Employment, Education and Training Support; Community Learning, accredited training courses, (ALS) employment support (DWP and SFA), volunteering opportunities and work placements schemes
•Children and Young People Services; working on the basis of early intervention, we deliver, well-being projects, self-development programmes, mentoring and youth leadership.

As a specialist grassroots organisation, we bring first hand experience of delivering programmes that work to empower and raise aspiration levels of disadvantaged young people primarily from BAME communities in London.

Our programmes are both community and schools based. JAGS has worked in partnerships with both local and national organisations. As a specialist grassroots organisation, we bring first hand experience of delivering programmes that work to empower and raise aspiration levels of disadvantaged young and had built long-term relationships with a number of statutory and private businesses to extend the reach of our services.

LNK’s work has put the charity in a prime position to recognise the gap in engagement with young people
at the pre-employment stage. To work towards a resolution to this gap, LNK began offering work experience to young people in 2010 and advanced the pre-employment training in 2011 by taking on youth workers for apprenticeships. The natural progression of the charity’s internal pre-employment support was to launch the work readiness programme out of the LNK Unit in the heart of Croydon at the Centrale Shopping Centre.

LNK’s positive reputation with young people in the area helps to mitigate the negative attitude towards the pre-employability training offered which can be said to increase engagement with the training and make it easier to support these young people into further education, employment or training.

LNK is planning the establishment of a local training construction trades facility. There is considerable need for this development and, while the most obvious beneficiaries will be residents of Croydon engaged in and progressing from training into employment, employers in construction and related trades will also benefit from the availability of a pool of suitably qualified local labour and consequent reductions in recruitment costs and skills shortages.

We have been working with disadvantaged sections of the BAME communities since 1990 in Yorkshire and London. We are also a founding partner of 3SC based in London, which delivers public sector contracts through third sector organisations.
We have recently completed Quest for Integration London: a one year project which ended in June 2015 where we trained 150 BAME women in ESOL and helped them to economically integrate by going onto further education, employment, volunteering or becoming self-employed.
Many of these women were eager to continue in their quest for finding employment and integrating better in the British society.