Despite significant improvements in educational attainment over recent years and the opportunities within the business districts of the City of London and Canary Wharf, there is an entrenched cycle of poverty within the East End of London.
Inter-generational unemployment is common, as is the need for welfare benefits.
- Tower Hamlets has the highest child poverty rate of any UK local authority according to research released by the End Child Poverty Coalition.
- Youth unemployment figures in Tower Hamlets remain the highest across London and the UK despite improved academic achievement and economic growth in the City and Canary Wharf
- Teachers tell us that students’ aspirations are narrow and many lack awareness of the expectations of employers
- Teachers also tell us that information about post-16 opportunities and the all-important access to informal networks that help students get on the career ladder are lacking.
Our programmes tackle this and are helping to ensure the next generation of young people are equipped to access the many and varied employment opportunities in London.