Boris Johnson has called on employers to take on more apprenticeships and provide youngsters with the work-skills they need.
The call came as the Mayor announced he was half-way towards meeting his target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships by the end of 2012.
Speaking on Tuesday the Mayor said: “There are thousands of enthusiastic young Londoners who are crying out for the opportunity to become apprentices and we must help them to realise their ambitions.
“We have had huge success with our campaign so far, but we have to work harder to convince more businesses about why apprentices are such fantastic assets to invest in.”
The Mayor added: “A motivated and skilled workforce is essential for the economy’s health and by opening up their doors to apprentices London’s firms can play their part in helping to beat the downturn.”