Paddington Development Trust (PDT)

Project Title:Gold
Total London Councils Grant:£928,819
Funding period:01 September 2016 to 30 March 2019
Priority:Tackling Poverty through Employment (European Social Fund match funded)
Service area:Priority 3 Tackling Poverty Through Employment (ESF Matchfunded)


Gold provides access to employment for jobseekers and inactive people, improving the employability skills of the unemployed and economically inactive people. Led by Paddington Development Trust (PDT) and delivered through a collaborative and established partnership, PDT work with employers, training providers, childcare providers and other agencies to create this programme.

The partnership delivers IAG, work placement, volunteering and employment opportunities to a targeted group of unemployed and economically inactive participants within the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Barnet, Harrow, Haringey, Hammersmith & Fulham in cluster 4. The target groups are both hard to reach and distant from the labour market: at least 65 per cent will be economically inactive, and the rest long-term unemployed.

The project management and delivery approach tackles poverty by helping the participants move towards, or into, work. Each individual will have his/her own needs and barriers, and they will provide a personalised support programme plan of learning and employment options that takes into account skills needed and for difficult health or social circumstances.

The project intends to recruit people on to the programme, meeting the poverty programme targets for each group. Gold provides highly supportive IAG, support from specialist agencies, employer help through extra guidance, work placements, and employment offers. The project provides help with ESOL, employability and vocational skills, and other support to raise self-confidence and improve self-esteem. The project advisors track participants each step of the way from engagement through to sustained jobs.

Referral route

Ola Badamosi, Head of Programmes

020 7266 8250

The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Road, London W2 5ES

Borough benefits

For further information about Priority Three please see the London Councils ESF Programme.


  • PDT - Lead
  • Urban Partnership Group
  • Equi-vision
  • Get Set
  • Westminster and Wandsworth Mind
  • (St Mungo¬ís & CITE).