A targeted recruitment drive has been launched by the Mayor’s Fund for London to help some of the capital’s unemployed young people find work.

The scheme, entitled Young London Working, is aiming to provide 2,000 positions and will be focused on helping youngsters from some of London’s most deprived boroughs. It will provide people with help to make contact with the area’s employers.

The scheme will also provide training, mentoring and work experience to help those who may not have much in the way of employment skills or experience.

One major employer who has already pledged its support for the scheme is outsourcing and services giant, Mitie. The company has announced plans to recruit 2,000 young people through the scheme within the next three years.

The chief executive of the Mayor’s Fund for London, Chris Robinson, said that it would help clarify the current confusion on today’s employment landscape and offer a realistic route out of poverty.

“Young London Working supports young people who are unsure of where to go for quality advice, guidance and training and ultimately decent jobs,” he said. “The initiative will fill the gap between employers’ skills needs and opportunities for disadvantaged young people into work and a brighter future.”

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