What we are doing

Our vision

Creating opportunities and improving lives

We believe that meaningful employment can transform lives and offer a powerful route out of poverty.

We want to make Brent an even better place to live, work and grow. We want everyone to have a bright and prosperous future through opportunities to learn, train and work.

Leading our partners in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors, we want to work together to help residents and businesses achieve long lasting success, contributing to a strong and confident borough.

As a key borough priority, we take a leadership role in working with partners to:

  • reduce poverty and deprivation across the borough through employment
  • raise income levels through progression in work
  • develop an employer-led skills offer and enterprise support.

To find out more, open the boxes below or read our Employment, Skills and Enterprise Strategy 2015/20

Employment

We want to see a reduction in the level of unemployment in the borough, reversing the current trend for youth unemployment whilst increasing the skill level and resilience of our residents to respond to a changing labour market.

With our partners, we design, commission and deliver projects and activities that support residents into employment, overcoming challenging constraints.

Targeting our priority neighbourhoods, we and our partners want to give every resident the support they need to access employment and achieve self-sustaining lives.

Visit Wembley Works to see how our work is supporting local people into employment opportunities.

Apprenticeships

We understand the importance of creating opportunities for our young people to get the best start to their working lives. We believe apprenticeships offer an excellent opportunity to get relevant work experience whilst working towards an accredited qualification.

Our apprenticeship lead, working with our partners, takes a strategic role in promoting the local apprenticeship market, driving and finding opportunities from the council and its supply chain and making apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities accessible and relevant to all young people in Brent.

View how we are supporting apprenticeship opportunities in Brent.

Enterprise

Brent's entrepreneurial spirit is one of its strengths. We want to nurture this dynamism and help it grow, making Brent a place where business thrives.

Our aim is to build capacity and resilience in our local small and medium sized businesses using our website. The Brent Business Hub provides a signposting resource with information, advice and guidance, complemented by a networking platform.

We are also committed to driving local spend by promoting local subcontractors and suppliers through the supply chain of construction sites across the borough.

See how our partnership with the Meanwhile Foundation is unlocking space for meanwhile use in the borough.

External funding

We want to work with our partners to deliver coordinated and effective provision of employment, enterprise and skills support to give Brent residents and businesses the very best chances at success.

We look at ways to improve services and find new, innovative solutions to address local needs and strengthen their assets. We identify funding opportunities that can be used to deliver activity addressing unemployment, improving skill levels and nurturing new enterprise.

We also critically monitor performance of projects and services we commission to inform our own learning and to help our community and voluntary partners be the very best they can be.

Visit our current employment programmes to see what funded services are being delivered by our partners.

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Mencap and Point 6 become Living Wage employers

Brent Mencap, of High Road, Willesden and Point 6 Design, of Kilburn Lane, Queens Park, are the newest organisations in Brent to commit to paying every staff member a minimum of £9.40 per hour.

The London Living Wage ensures all workers are paid an hourly rate which enables them to afford a basic standard of living in London.

To help businesses in Brent become Living Wage Accredited Employers, Brent Council has created an incentive scheme, which includes a substantial Business Rates discount for accredited employers.

This was the first incentive scheme of its type, and is being offered to the first 100 businesses who receive accreditation.

We are pleased to welcome them to our community of Living Wage Employers, and look forward to more businesses in Brent joining them. Find out how you can become a Living Wage employer and receive the business rates discount.

Brent Mencap are now a Living Wage employer

Point 6 Design are now a Living Wage employer