Moving on Up: Improving employment opportunities for young black men - Evaluation


Monday, July 31, 2017

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 ( 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.

The results

  • 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

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