The EY Foundation is delighted to announce a collaboration with the Metropolitan Police to deliver Met Futures, a pioneering employability programme.
The programme will connect the Met to diverse young Londoners with an employability focus, showcasing the range of careers in the Met which work towards making London safe.
Met Futures begins in February 2021, and will give twenty students from London a week of paid employability skills training, followed by two weeks of paid work experience over the Easter holidays. Young people will have opportunities to gain a variety of transferable skills and help them identify their next step, whether that’s university, college, an apprenticeship or a job, whilst receiving guidance and advice from a mentor from the Met throughout the programme.
It’s fantastic that we are already seeing a high level of interest in the programme from young people, which comes at a time when the Met has made a strong commitment to increase the diversity of their workforce. Not only will young people gain valuable skills and experience, the Met will benefit from the insights of a different cohort of young people, supporting the deeper community engagement the Met wants to achieve.
The Met is a huge employer in London, which already offers a wide breadth of interesting and rewarding career paths, for a range of fantastic people with diverse skills and life experience – including more than 8,000 colleagues from Black, Asian and Minority communities. We want the Met to be the employer of choice for young Londoners and the Met Futures programmes is one of a number of ways in which we are supporting young people as they begin their careers. We are excited to meet the first cohort joining us in early 2021, and for all they will learn from their experience with the Met, but importantly we expect to learn a huge amount from them too.