MP Jeremy Corbyn praises students' work on employment app11 July 2017
Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn praised City and Islington College students who helped develop and market a youth employability app for the charity London Village Network.
The Labour Party Leader said he was impressed by their involvement in designing the app, giving focus group feedback and organising the launch event at the Business Design Centre, in Islington. Speaking to an audience of over 200 young people, youth workers, college staff and business people, Mr Corbyn urged professional people to swipe right to support the app.
The innovative London Village Network App makes it easy for working professionals to give an hour of their time to offer advice and networking opportunities to help disadvantaged young people to gain employment. Professionals select up to six areas of expertise from a list of over 100 skills, including filling out forms, business planning, career mapping and interview tips.
Young people can then use the App to select people with the skills they need and arrange to meet at London Village Network (LVN) hosted sessions, in a safe environment. Six venues have already signed up to host sessions, including City and Islington College, whose students have helped to develop and market the App. If successful, LVN hopes to launch it in other boroughs across the city.
"This is an important initiative which we are very pleased to support"
The App is the brainchild of LVN Founder Rachael Box, who said she already had a list of young people wanting to use the App: “The App is being piloted in Islington because there are lots of young people seeking employment support. Now we just need more business and professional people to pledge their time and share their wisdom.
“If you have one hour to spare and would like to get involved in your community, please download the LVN App on Google Play and the App Store and register your skills.”
Dominic Jones, Business Design Centre CEO, has already pledged to give an hour of his time and is urging others to follow suit: “This is an important initiative which we are very pleased to support and would encourage others to do the same.”
Grant Glendinning, Vice Principal of City & Islington College whose students have helped develop the App, said: “Many young people have great ideas but don’t know anyone who can give them the advice and encouragement they need. The LVN App makes it easy for people in the community to get involved and make a difference to their future.”