An evaluation of the Trust for London/City Bridge Trust/BTEG project aimed at tackling the disproportionate unemployment rate of black young men in London is now available. Action West London (www.actionwestlondon.org.uk) was one of the organizations that won funding to deliver the project in West London. The problem -Young black men have consistently experienced more unemployment than young men of other ethnicities. In London in 2013, the employment rate for young black men was just 56%, compared to 81% for young white men. This disparity does not just reflect educational differences between the two groups – in 2015, young black graduates were more than twice as likely to be unemployed than young white graduates one year after graduating (9.7% vs 4.6%). The MoU Initiative aimed both to directly increase the employment rate amongst young black men in London through supporting targeted interventions; and to generate learning that could influence employers, mainstream employment support providers and funders/commissioners.
- 271 young black men are known to be in paid work following their participation in MoU. This equates to a job entry rate of 40-60%.
- MoU had the biggest impact on participants’ attitude, confidence and understanding of work.
- The thing that MoU participants valued most about the projects was that the staff cared.
- MoU participants also appreciated when the projects were targeted and tailored to young black men.
- The MoU Initiative has been able to raise awareness among policymakers of the issue of young black male unemployment.
A summary Evaluation and full report is available from https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/research/publication/moving-on-up-improving-employment-opportunities-for-young-black-men/