Our Chief Executive has been co-Chair of Merton’s Economic Wellbeing Group for a number of years. It brings together many of the organisations in the borough who are involved in skills, training and employment.
Our aim is to ensure that business needs are met when it comes to preparing people for work. We also want to match local people to local jobs, in our belief this is the best ingredient for a sustainable local economy.
There are plenty of opportunities for businesses to get involved – from offering mentoring to those seeking employment or wanting to start a business, to helping young people in schools prepare for the world of work.
When we launched our Take One initiative back in 2013, we were asking employers to help young people take up an apprenticeship or find a job. With your help over 100 young people went into apprenticeships.
Over the past 4 years we have widened Take One to also include adults as part of our partnership work with local work preparation organisations.
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Representing local businesses at a regional level has always been a priority for us in our aim to make sure that Merton is represented and listened to.
In 2019 our Chief Executive Diana Sterck was invited to sit on the newly formed South London Skills and Employment Board, a forum of large and smaller businesses, colleges and training providers and local authorities, working together to influence Government policy and to address key challenges for employers such as the apprenticeship levy and recruitment and skills gaps.
We want to represent the voice of small and medium sized employers and bring more financial support from Government into the area to help prepare people for work, and address up-skilling and productivity.