Love & Tate encourages workplace diversity and changes lives Jamie Oliver style
With some areas of East London experiencing the lowest skills levels in the country, recruiter Love & Tate in partnership with its Pitman Training Centre in London City, this week encouraged employers to help change the lives of many of the areas young people. Holding a pancake breakfast in London City, Love & Tate celebrated the success of its funded employment schemes for predominantly young people from Tower Hamlets, with pancakes cooked courtesy of chefs who had been through a similar scheme Fifteen, founded by Jamie Oliver.
Companies attending the event included British Red Cross, Financial Times, Penguin Books, BP, Bank of England and Centrepoint. Maggie Love is Managing Director of Love & Tate: The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has a very diverse population – its an area of intense urban deprivation and conversely it sits side by side with some of the richest global organisations in Canary Wharf and in the City. These are worlds apart – the young people in the borough never really think they can aspire to roles within some of these organisations. Its our job to make sure that they can.
The training is funded through Skillsmatch in Tower Hamlets and selects mainly unemployed young people who struggle to break into mainstream employment. It gives them both the skills but the confidence they need to impress employers and equip them for a successful career. Not only that, Love & Tate finds them all work placements afterwards and keeps in touch to make sure everyone is on the right track the reason why over 80% of the hundreds of trainees are now in employment.
Its not dissimilar to what Fifteen do, we just do it for offices! explains John Reid, Project Manager of the training programmes, who encouraged employers to provide placements to trainees. The work placement helps organisations to tap into a diverse and talented group who wouldnt normally have the confidence to apply. Many are kept on in temporary or full-time employment, but if not that companys name on their CV has a colossal impact on their future job applications.
Talking on the day was Joe Bassi, aged 21, whose training enabled him to secure a job with BP: After leaving school with hardly any grades I found it rather hard to find a job and was working for my Dadwhen I started the course I was very nervous and not very confident. When I started at BP I remember seeing a cleaner doing his rounds; I thought only a few months ago I was in a newly built office cleaning it. Now Im in a beautiful office working in it. Two years on, Joe is now working on multi-million dollar oil contracts: Ive actually become obsessed with crude oil! Since working at BP Ive met some great people, been able to afford a one bedroom flat and make my Mum proud which is priceless.