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Council awarded funding to support vulnerable young people into world of work - 30/06/17
Hull City Council is delighted to announce it has been awarded over £114,000 from The Careers and Enterprise Company to support vulnerable young people make connections with the world of work.

Hull City Council, in partnership with The Humber LEP and the Careers and Enterprise Partnership, is working to offer comprehensive experience of the world of work to vulnerable young people across Hull and East Riding secondary schools, in years 10 and 11.

Overall, the ‘Work Insight’ project will provide 180 bespoke opportunities starting from July 2017, running through to September 2018 enabling students to experience the world of work with support tailored to the young person’s individual needs.

‘Work Insight’ aims to raise aspirations, improve confidence and help young people gain key employability skills and will be targeted at young people who have a Special Education Need and Disability (SEND), who are identified as being at risk of becoming Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and young people with an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP).

The length of opportunity can be anywhere from one week up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Hull City Council supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Humber LEP will work in partnership with the schools, parents or carers and employers to assess the appropriate length of placements taking into account the specific individual young person’s and business needs. It is hoped that through thorough project evaluation this pilot project will inform national ‘work insight’ related activities for vulnerable young people going forward.

Over seven million people, 17.5 per cent, of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. Many of these are highly qualified individuals, whom can contribute to creating a workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers it serves and the community in which it is based.

Councillor Phil Webster, Portfolio Holder for Learning, Skills and Safeguarding Children, said: “I am delighted our bid has been successful. This funding will enable us to offer some great opportunities to vulnerable young people, gaining valuable on-the-job experience. By raising their aspirations, improving confidence and helping them gain key employability skills, this will open up new doors for their future.”

Hull City Council’s lead officer on the project, Steve Tomlinson says Hull and East Riding businesses are instrumental to this project. He said: “This funding will make a significant difference to young people’s lives and we are looking for local businesses, large or small, to be part of this fantastic project. By offering young people, no matter of their background or disability, an opportunity to be part of their team, they are helping them to prepare for working life and potentially explore their future career as well as giving them the motivation they need to succeed. There are so many benefits for businesses to get involved as well as building strong working relationships with schools and colleges, giving them direct access to talented young people potentially looking for employment after leaving school.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “I am delighted we have been able to invest £5 million to scale up proven careers and enterprise programmes in areas of need, focussing on careers and enterprise cold spots.

“Our first fund has delivered ahead of schedule to provide careers and enterprise support to more than 250,000 young people including 170,000 new STEM encounters with business. It has also engaged 3,000 new employers working with young people for the first time. We know this funding is making a real difference to employment outcomes for young people and the future of our economy.”

If you are a business and would like to get involved call 01482 615 205 or email: Twitter @workinsighthull

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