A Fairer Chance shortlisted for Mayor’s Fund for London Awards 2015

A Fairer Chance has been nominated for an award! We are all over the moon and delighted today as we received confirmation this morning that we have been shortlisted for the Mayor’s Fund for London Awards 2015 – Employment for Young Londoners.

Cleshar Contract Services nominated A Fairer Chance for the Pre-employment Training and Job Brokerage Award, detailing our work presenting employers with a sound business case for employing young Londoners with convictions or who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and the committed pre-employment support we offer young people, to turn lives around through employment.

In April 2013 we placed our first young candidate into a role within the transport sector, and have continued since to steadily find employment and apprenticeship opportunities, with 34 young Londoners placed into roles across five transport companies to date.

Given that we work with some of the most marginalised young Londoners, it means the world to us to have been shortlisted for this award. This is an opportunity to bring our business model, successes and hard work to the public eye and can only help us to grow stronger and more determined to continue to do what we can to prepare people for work and link them up to good jobs with decent employers, where they can gain skills on the way to bring about lasting change in their lives.

We would like to express our huge appreciation to Simon Harrison and his colleagues at Cleshar, not only for their nomination, but for their faith in us and the young people they employ through A Fairer Chance.

We now eagerly await the Awards Ceremony at City Hall on 12 March 2015. Read more about the event and see who have been nominated for the seven awards on the Mayor’s Fund for London website.