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The EBP has more than 15 years of experience in providing employability, training and work experience opportunities to local young people. Our work experience programme sees over 1000 local students being offered placements, the programme is tailored to meet the needs of each school and includes bespoke placements for young people with SEND. Sustainable links with local employers have been developed. Involvement in NEET reduction programmes including Youth Contract, Your Future, Your Choice and Work Pairing have enabled us to develop provision to the hardest to reach young people across both boroughs. Ongoing mentoring, supported work experience, employability support and guidance from employers have reduced NEET Figures. The team has close links with the borough’s youth services and is part of the 14-19 team, allowing us to work with the most vulnerable young people in the borough and provide a bespoke support package to them. We are an in impartial broker who works in partnership with all of the local training providers and colleges to offer a broad offer to our young people.
We are a department of a community interest company, owned by Kingston and Richmond Councils.

AoD has a track record of supporting disabled people furthest from the workplace into sustainable jobs. We are a user led disability organisation with a number of large corporate partners. We use a combination of evidence based methods to support people into work as well as trialling new approaches. Our results are substantially better than the specialist government funded programmes.

Balance is a social enterprise with a strong track record in supporting a range of disabled people, predominantly those with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and Autism Spectrum Conditions, to support them to prepare for, seek and sustain employment. We have an impressive success rate in securing sustainable employment and achieve this by providing truly personalised support. Through assessment of individuals and a co-produced action plan, we ensure that our support meets the needs of the individual. Our current ESF funded mental health supported employment project, which provides support to people from primary and secondary care is a payment by result model. We were awarded 4 out of 4 stars by London Councils for the delivery performance, quality and management of this contract. We were one of only two organisations in London to be awarded 4 stars.

Best Practice People Limited

Working in London Boroughs falling in Kent, Essex and Surrey, we offer fully funded training for volunteers, employed individuals and unemployed individuals, including NEET’s. Typically we offer skills to achieve an improved employment status and income. These range from vocational qualifications, such as Digital Media, IT, Retail, Warehousing, Hospitality, Logistics) to Maths & English.

Our goal is twofold, to help individuals grow themselves through skills development, and to help businesses economic growth through up skilling their staff

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

Through landbased activities such as horticulture and conservation – our main activities are to:
* Provide opportunities for vulnerable & disadvantaged young people (YP) to gain nationally accredited qualifications & soft skills, to improve their employability, confidence and purpose.
* Provide opportunities for YP to gain additional skills & work experience through volunteering that will enhance their CVs and improve employability.
* Develop qualities in YP to support them in maintaining employment & gaining respect from their peers.
* Provide a safe & productive ‘stop gap’ for those temporarily unemployed, ensuring they are able to contribute & remain positive.
* Deliver projects that have a positive impact on YP’s surroundings & local communities, building self-worth, confidence & relationships.
* Improve mental health, reduce isolation & loneliness through participation.

KVA has a track record in ESF programmes. At present we have created the Kingston Community Commissioning Consortium which represents an ideal platform for partnership working. KVA has strong links with the local business community through its work with the Integrated Business Support Project (IBUS), Kingston First, the local Chamber and through the business mentoring organisation the Cranfield Trust.

“Making It Work” is a consortium of 11 organisations run by and for Deaf and Disabled people, providing services to over 15,000 Disabled people across 19 London boroughs. Over the past 3 years we have achieved a 37% success rate in getting Disabled people into employment. We are successful because of our existing engagement with local Disabled people; our specialist knowledge of barriers to employment (64% of our staff have lived experience of being Deaf or Disabled); our holistic and person centred approach to employment support; and our expertise in engaging employers and supporting them to overcome barriers and discrimination within work and recruitment practices. Within the consortium we are able to offer a wide range of employment and skills support options.

St Giles Trust aims to break the cycle of disadvantage and offending by supporting people to change their lives. We currently work with 15,000 people across the UK helping them to build a positive future.
We have an excellent record of delivering high quality skills and employment services, exceeding contract targets, and meeting funders’ requirements. There are strong links to local partners and employers.
Our award winning Peer Advisor Programme for ex-service users brings unique credibility to our work. Peer Advisors follow a programme of training and placement whilst gaining an A & G L3 qualification and progressing into employment.

Brightside is an online mentoring organisation, supporting young people through their education and career decisions. Our mentoring platform can be branded, requires no software installation and can be accessed from anywhere. Brightside can manage projects in-house- including moderation of activity, liaising with all participants and reviewing engagement reports and messages for evaluation.

Mentoring models can be designed to flexibly fit around existing interventions, enhancing the experience for scheme participants and ensuring impressive outcomes are achieved- e.g. by providing a young person with a mentor during their first months at a new work placement/apprenticeship to ensure longer-term retention rates are secured.