ACN and ASDA Employment
A ctive Communities Network delivers a three-year programme focusing on improving the employability of young Londoners.

The programme focuses on improving the employability of young Londoners and includes intensive sport and youth work across areas of high social deprivation, targeting some of the UK's most 'at risk' young people.

Active Communities Network will deliver an intensive sport and youth work programme across areas of high social deprivation, targeting some of the UK's most 'at risk' young people. The programme will deliver clear progression pathways into citizenship and volunteering as well as a large emphasis on accredited training, especially the National Open College Network (OCN) 'Skills for Employment and Enterprise' accreditation.

Young people on the programme will be supported to access work placements, write CV's and gain interview practice through working with a range of employers across London and to have the opportunity to tell their stories alongside mentoring and supporting those young people.

Summer, 17, who got into a full time nursing job six weeks after the OCN course, said: “I heard about this course from a youth club and I came here today to get more qualification on my CV.

I would like to gain skills so I can get a fulltime job, the part time job I have now is not very enjoyable and I would like to work with kids in the future.

ASDA, who are partnering with ACN across the London boroughs, will engage these young people with their London stores and the colleagues within including their 'Community Life Champions' (CLCs) with the aim of increasing access to employment within their stores as well as providing additional resources for store colleagues and CLCs to have the opportunity to tell their stories alongside mentoring and supporting those young people.

“I'm doing some volunteering work with Active Community Network,' said participant Rizwan Khokhar.

I was asked by one of the senior manager if I could take any courses to help myself and personal development. After this course I will hopefully be going into more work with Active Communities Network or another partnership or some of their business hub.Today has been good and interactive and it was much more fun than I actually hoped for.

Ended the 23-year-old Riz.

The ASDA Foundation and Active Communities Network launched a three-year partnership programme in London at City Hall in February 2014 following a soft launch back at the end of 2013.

It delivers clear progression pathways into citizenship and volunteering as well as a large emphasis on accredited training, especially the Open College Network (OCN) 'Skills for Employment and Enterprise' accreditation.

Asda Foundation and ACN have also hosted local Community Champions Tournaments over the summer, which have been successfully run in Sutton, Brent and Tower Hamlets engaging young people in football and a variety of other sports.

Contact info@activecommunities.org.uk for more information…

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