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About Creating Opportunities

The Home Office has created the Creating Opportunities Forum Programme with HM Treasury funding to empower and support young people at risk of serious violence into employment-related opportunities, helping them develop the skills they need to make a successful transition into work.

Creating Opportunities seeks to achieve three key outcomes:

  • a reduction in risk factors and increase in protective factors for serious violence;
  • demonstrable progress in the distance travelled towards employment; and
  • improvements in overall physical and mental wellbeing.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, with young people’s employment prospects and mental wellbeing disproportionately affected, the Home Office is investing in a programme that will leverage opportunities for young people at risk of serious violence, diverting them from a life of crime.

To find out more and make a referral, visit the Creating Opportunities landing page


Who is involved?

Catch22, The Prince’s Trust and Apprentice Nation have come together in a formal partnership to deliver on the ambition of the Home Office’s Creating Opportunities Forum Programme.

Transformative opportunities are needed now more than ever, as we emerge from the wreck of the pandemic that has hit young people’s life chances hard. Between us, we have experience of working across violence reduction and criminal justice, children’s services, education, with national employers and DWP, and have a stellar track record of youth social action, through participative youth programmes such as National Citizen Service.


What are we doing?

We have developed a programme that will provide high-quality, tailored wraparound services to young people that will increase their protective factors. Each young person on the programme will be allocated a Careers Coach that will act as their single point of contact, helping them to navigate the journey towards work and positive destinations, and overcome the barriers that might stand in the way through tailored wraparound support and partnership working with support agencies.

Regional Coordinators will then generate employment-related opportunities for these young people by utilising central Government’s convening power, connecting employers with young people through local infrastructure.

Our approach to the Creating Opportunities programme has been designed using our collective experience of supporting young people experiencing risk factors and barriers to work. In 2019/20, Catch22 delivered over 1,000 qualifications and placed 523 into sustained employment. The Prince’s Trust supported 70,181 young people overall, including those leaving care, involved in youth violence, being exploited, misusing substances, those with mental health issues, and young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).


What have we achieved?

In the past year we supported over 100,000 young people between us, across a range of settings, from employability programmes to enterprise schemes, National Citizen Service, alternative education schools, and behavioural programmes.

We meet young people where they are, build their confidence, develop their abilities and talent, and enable them to take control of their own progress. For example, last year 82% of the young people The Prince’s Trust worked with showed improvement in three or more skills such as confidence, communication, and setting and achieving goals, and 99% would recommend their programmes to a friend. Mental and physical wellbeing are central to our approach.

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