Young black men supported with every opportunity to succeed in Brent

3 March 2021

  • National Careers Week: 1-6 March

A programme to help young black men reach their career goals has so far worked with 166 job seekers.

‘Moving On Up’ has helped 62 of these young men aged 16 to 24 into employment since its launch in January last year.

The council secured £326,000 worth of additional funding in September from new developments in the borough to expand the success of the project until April 2023.

Daniel Barnett, 19, qualified as a construction worker in Brent after his probation officer put him in touch with the programme. He is now working full time as a labourer for a carpentry firm with ambitions to qualify as an electrician or a plumber.

“Moving On Up gave me numbers of employers and found me work,” Daniel said. “They were really helpful. I haven’t looked back.”

Danielle Pentecost, a recruitment consultant at Strong Recruitment Group who worked with Daniel, said: “Daniel has been working for one of my clients for a month and a half now and I have had nothing but good feedback from my client. He has proven to be very reliable and a hard worker, and I am currently in the discussions with this client about keeping him in work long term.”

The Moving On Up programme launched as a Trust for London initiative, in partnership with City Bridge Trust and Black Training and Enterprise Group, with funding to help young black men with job opportunities in Brent. A group of four organisations – Plias Resettlement, Action West London, Making the Leap and Access UK – have worked together to deliver the project with more organisations coming on board this year.

Since its launch, Moving on Up has recruited 22 mentors to support the young men on their journey into employment, and matched 15 mentors to mentees to provide 1-1 support and guidance, taking a personal interest in their career progression.

Call to action: 

If you want to support, join or know more about the project, please contact:
Hassan Amjad, employment programme lead:
Mobile: 07867 189705
Email: hassan.amjad@brent.gov.uk