Tottenham Hotspur legend launches new stadium jobs drive
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Development, Local Government
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Tottenham Hotspur have joined a government jobs pilot to get more young black and ethnic minority men into work through opportunities surrounding the development of their new stadium.
Former England player and Tottenham ambassador Ledley King backed today's launch of the Department for Works and Pensions' ‘Job Fit’ pilot.
The Premiership side, who are already working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Haringey Council and Sainsbury’s on an employment partnership, will carry out a programme of intervention and support to put local people in "the best possible position" to get access to the jobs and training opportunities that are starting to emerge from the club’s new stadium scheme.
Ledley King, who has become an Ambassador for the club’s local regeneration plans since announcing his retirement from the game in 2012, said: "Tottenham Hotspur and its foundation have a great track record in supporting local people into education, employment and training.
"I have seen first-hand the great work that the club is doing to get local people employed through its new stadium scheme and am personally proud to be involved in that.
"It’s great that our work with Jobcentre Plus has the backing of the government and will no doubt continue to a make a difference in the lives of many."
According to the DWP, there are now more than three million ethnic minority workers in jobs in Great Britain. Ten years ago, the employment rate gap between ethnic minorities and the overall population was 15.2 percentage points, a figure that now stands at 11.8 percentage points.
However, young black men, for example, are still more likely to be unemployed (24% of all young black men, compared with 15% of all young men), which is why Jobcentre Plus has developed a locally-tailored approach to tackle the issue.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said: "All young people should grow up believing that they will have the opportunity to have a fulfilling career.
"Government’s role is to ensure they have the skills and the support they need to fulfil their aspirations. But businesses have a valuable role to play too – by opening their doors and giving young people a chance.
"Over the past decade the employment gap has narrowed, but we know more needs to be done.
"I’m really pleased to be launching this project today and I would encourage any local employer who thinks they can support the young people in their area get into work to get involved."
Tottenham Hotspur are partnering with Tottenham Jobcentre Plus as one of four pilots being run with local employers across London over the next six months.