The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a place of great change and opportunity.The economy is worth over £6bn a year providing 5% of all jobs across London, and is predicted to grow by up to 50% in the next 20 years. There are currently three jobs for every two residents.
However, the borough's history of deprivation contrasts sharply with this success. Tower Hamlets is the third most deprived authority in the country and the second in London. Unemployment at 13% is twice the London average, with the majority of claimants being long-term unemployed.
We know how important employment is for growing a thriving community. It brings local wealth, social inclusion and better health outcomes. At the Bromley by Bow Centre we are helping to up-skill and support local residents into employment in the following ways:
- High Quality Information, Advice and Guidance
We offer a Matrix Accredited National Careers Guidance Advisor Team.
- Local High Street Agency
We have recently moved our employment services to the local high street in Bromley by Bow, making our services more accessible and visible. We are Local People: Local Jobs.
- Employment Opportunities
We engage with a range of local employers to bring local jobs to local people. Employers include: Barts & the London NHS Trust, Veolia, G4S, Barclays, Carillion and many more.
- Entry Level Employment and In-Work Training
We support jobseekers to access a range of apprenticeships. We also understand the importance of gaining skills for progression while working. To do this we engage with employers who would like staff to benefit from the delivery of on-site accredited learning.
- Creating Jobs
Over 100 people work for us. As a Centre we have made a commitment to employing local people and nearly 80% of our employees live within a three mile radius. We also offer apprenticeships and placements for those new to employment. For entrepreneurial residents wanting to start their own social business we offer an investment and support programme called Beyond Business; to date these businesses have created 200 jobs.