We are seeking forward-thinking partners to help young people facing barriers to work find training and employment. Together, we can help those with complex social barriers, where government schemes won’t be enough.
According to the Resolution Foundation, a third of 18-24-year-old employees (excluding students) have lost jobs or been furloughed, compared to 1 in 6 ‘prime-age’ adults.
The £2bn Government Kickstart scheme is incentivising employers to take on apprentices and to give young people work experience, but it’s not clear what impact this will have.
We are concerned about young people furthest from the job market, who have multiple social barriers, and who risk falling outside of the system and missing out on government support.
Until recently Joe was living with his Mum, who has problems with addiction. He’s got 2 GCSEs and he’s never worked before. He struggles with anxiety. Joe doesn’t know how to claim Universal Credit. He’s spent the last two weeks sleeping on his mate’s sofa. He doesn’t know what he’ll do next. Joe is outside the system – unless someone actively reaches out to him, he’s likely to slip through the cracks and not get the help he needs.
Factors such as deprivation, existing levels of youth unemployment, industry hot spots and educational attainment play into a complex picture. Our mapping suggests there will be high numbers of young people, like Joe, who need our support in these four cities.
Helping young people secure jobs and in-work support.
Investing in new technologies for long-term change.
Bringing the skills of your workforce to help young people succeed.
We proactively find young people facing complex barriers through local partnerships with charities, Job Centres Plus, Local Authority teams, probation services and Catch22 services
We build relationships 1-1, helping young people map their strengths, build aspiration and work out a plan with advisors who are experts in employment and social barriers.
Our three-week pre-employability training uses group work, peer support and 1-1 coaching to build skills such as team work and problem solving.
Young people on our programme learn how to find and apply for jobs: a skill for life. Our bursary support helps them buy clothes, travel and food.
Six months of in-work support means we can help young people settle into their new role.
We find employers who want to improve diversity in their workforce. We assess the quality of jobs and help map their demand.
We encourage employers to open placements to young people facing barriers to work, and explore government incentives.
We help employers offer half-day virtual work experience, and help young people gain vital understanding of the world of work.
We offer training and advice through webinars and online events, to help employers embrace diversity.
Employers gain six months in-work support when a candidate is placed.
Developing evaluation and monitoring capacity to map multiple social barriers and how these are best overcome.
Such as job matching and talent platforms.
Developing sector-specific employer networks, webinar content and outreach methods.
Help young people build up their social networks and gain confidence in their abilities.
Give young people a half-day taste of the working world.
Speak in one of our workshops and inspire the next generation to consider new opportunities.
A mixture of sharing my life experiences and our collective discussions made me feel that we collectively helped a group of wonderful candidates move forward with their aspirations.
If you are interesting in finding out more, or have any questions, please contact Kat Dixon, Head of Partnership Development.