The Pathways programme is five years old and is run out of Westside Young People’s Centre, the council’s flagship youth centre. The initiative is aimed at 16 to 25 year olds and provides an opportunity for young people to work as trainees in different Council departments, in addition to helping them achieve academic qualifications. SEGRO’s donation will be put towards the cost of running the programme, and funding the various activities run by the young people’s centre.
Neil Impiazzi, Partnerships Development Manager at SEGRO said: “SEGRO is pleased to support a programme that gives young people a genuine advantage in the job market, and offers them an opportunity to learn a variety of skills. Employers are increasingly looking to recruit people with practical work experience as well as academic qualifications, and this programme helps bridge that gap. We will continue working with local authorities and charities in identifying opportunities to support and enhance the prospects of young people across London.”
Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I would like to thank SEGRO for their generous contribution. This funding is going towards our Pathways programme, which gives some of the borough’s vulnerable young people a much needed helping hand to get into work and training. Many of our graduates find Pathways a life changing opportunity and this money is helping to secure the programme for the future. We look forward to working with SEGRO, and other employers, in the future to increased work readiness skills for local young people.”