Youth Fed has made plans to deliver a ‘September Promise’ to work with local schools and colleges across Chester and Ellesmere Port. The project will work to identify and connect with year 13s who are not progressing in academia in order to help them find work. The project has been made possible thanks to generous funding and support from the Westminster Foundation, representing the charitable activity of The Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor businesses.
Prospects for school leavers will be particularly tough this year as a result of COVID-19, and this project will help to encourage young people to move into work through internships and employment opportunities, apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities, training opportunities through Youth Fed’s own Learning Management System and providing access to cyber security training through Youth Fed’s Security Operations Centres and digital programmes.
Supported by the Cheshire and Warrington Pledge and Youth Fed’s National Citizen Service Delivery Team, and with access to the charity’s on-site digital studio and expanding on-line digital training suite, Youth Fed staff will coordinate support from both within and outside of Youth Fed. In addition, an Intensive Mentor will also provide targeted interventions for those young people with additional and complex needs. They will use the SELF toolkit developed with young people over the last 7 years to support their Skills, Employment, Life and Future aspirations. The mentor will deliver a range of interventions, stabilising personal circumstances, enhancing personal and social development and building life skills. The support offered will be bespoke and tailored each individual’s interests and needs.
Chris Hindley, Chief Executive of Youth Fed, comments: “Young people are the key to driving the economic recovery that will be needed as our communities emerge from the damage caused by COVID-19. Their ability to acquire new skills, their familiarity with the digital world and their geographic flexibility and adaptability mean they are well placed to exploit new opportunities and accelerate economic growth and help rebuild communities.
“However, for those leaving Year 13 with low qualifications and no work experience, there will be significant barriers to finding work. The September Promise will offer a number of opportunities for moving into work for young people across the North West, ensuring that no young person is left behind.”
Kate Brown, Director of the Westminster Foundation, which is supporting the September Promise, said: “Young people leaving school or college this summer face new and unprecedented challenges in making the next steps in life. Recruitment freezes and the residual effect of mass economic disruption have the potential to destabilise so many young lives, at such a crucial time in their progression. We need collaborative projects like the September Promise to help young people on the journey to employment. We’re delighted to support it and help young people in Chester and Ellesmere Port get the backing they need to make this positive next step.”
To find out how to get involved in this project and for free careers support from our team of skilled employment mentors, get in touch with a member of our team.