A borough of opportunity, a changing workplace

Islington is a borough that is rich with opportunity, offering some of the best jobs in the world on our doorstep across virtually all sectors.

The world of work is changing rapidly, driven by emerging technologies and an increase in automation. A ‘job for life’ has been replaced by a more agile, dynamic career path.

World of Work

Children and young people will be the future leaders, employers and employees driving London’s economy and many will be working in jobs that do not currently exist.

Despite the many advantages that Islington offers to young people, barriers like child poverty, overcrowding at home and unemployment prevent many of them from benefitting from the opportunities around them.

Our challenge is to help all young people in Islington prepare for the future world of work, and the role of employers is crucial in providing opportunities to inspire them and equip them with the right skills and knowledge. We are fortunate to have an offer of support from a wide range of businesses across all of our key industry sectors, and we will work with all schools to enable these opportunities.

100 hours experience of the world of work

Raising and broadening career aspirations must start early; many young people’s career ambitions are already limited by age seven. This programme ensures that, starting from primary school, young people will be entitled to 100 hours’ experience of the world of work by the time they reach the age of 16. 

Experiences can include career insights, work tasters, mentoring, part-time work, careers events, work experience placements and other activities.

This is backed by the recommendations of Islington’s recent Fair Futures Commission, and supports the recent DFE Careers Strategy which recommends one meaningful encounter with an employer each year, from the age of 11.

In light of new statutory guidance for secondary schools, there is a greater focus than ever by Ofsted on the provision of careers education and employer encounters.

These experiences help young people to build a greater awareness of their future career options, alongside fusion skills and social capital. Evidence shows that young adults who recalled four or more employer contacts are five times less likely to be NEET than those who had none.