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Ambitious careers boost for London’s children

Children and young people in London are one step closer to accessing at least 100 hours of
experiences of the world of work by the age of 16 as the London Ambitions careers offer
launches in the London Borough of Wandsworth today [Thursday 11 February 2016].
London Ambitions was created by London Councils, which represents the 32 boroughs and the City of London, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the London Enterprise Panel.
London Ambitions aims to modernise and transform careers and employment support for young people across London, regardless of the particular school or college they attend.
Wandsworth is the first council to put London Ambitions’ core recommendations into practice, which will involve working with local schools and colleges to help embed the new approach within the curriculum.
The project was officially launched today at the new St John Bosco secondary school, Battersea.
Cllr Peter John, London Councils’ Executive member for children, skills and employment,
“Boroughs are keen to play their part in equipping children and young people to make better
careers decisions, which includes helping them to access at least 100 hours of experiences
of the world of work by the age of 16. Today’s launch is Wandsworth’s statement about its
commitment to supporting local schools and colleges to improve their careers offer.
“In recent years the capital’s education system has delivered transformational change in
GCSE results, with London outperforming other regions. The challenge now is for everyone
with a stake in London’s education system and economy to transform the careers offer.
Following the recommendations of the London Ambitions report is one sure-fire way of
achieving this.
Cllr Kathy Tracey, Wandsworth Council’s executive member for children’s services, said:
“Career support is a top priority here in Wandsworth and we are very well placed to pioneer
the London Ambitions model. Good quality, early work experience can play a vital role in
raising young people’s aspirations and opening their minds to really ambitious career
“There is much greater scope for employers, schools, colleges and local councils to work
together on this and offer valuable experience and opportunities to young people as they
make important decisions that will shape their futures. The Nine Elms regeneration
programme is a great example of this and we look forward to expanding the approach in the
weeks ahead.”
All London boroughs now have an ambassador whose role it is to champion London Ambitions locally.
Notes to editor:
1) London Ambition’s core recommendations include ensuring that children and young
people have access to personalised careers advice, at least 100 hours’ experience of the
world of work by the age of 16 and comprehensive, up-to-date information on the jobs
market in the capital. It also recommends a ‘London Ambitions Careers Curriculum’, to help
schools embed careers into the curriculum, encourage young people to think about the
learning experiences they have during schooling from a workplace perspective.
2) For more information about London Ambitions, visit

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