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Coventry and Warwickshire employers urged to support local young people to ‘Progress’ into employment

Employers across Coventry and Warwickshire are being encouraged to offer skills sessions and job opportunities to young people enrolled on the youth programme, ‘Progress’, to help create the next generation of employment success stories.

The programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, aims to increase the number of businesses and organisations on board in order to help young people across the region receive first-hand experience of a work environment and help inspire and shape a positive work outlook.

Progress works with some of the most marginalised NEET (not in education, employment or training) 15-24-year-olds across Coventry and Warwickshire who are the furthest away from getting into work.  It’s been led by community charity, Groundwork UK alongside a partnership of leading youth charities and local partners specialising in engaging young people.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK said:

"In order for young young people to succeed, it’s important that local businesses play their part in nurturing their potential through skills-based work and personal development, in order to both safeguard the local economy and help to create the future working generation."

The programme is designed to not only prepare young people for the world of work through skills-based and educational support but aims to increase the confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing of those enrolled on the programme to ensure that they have a positive attitude towards both work and life.

"The vision and passion that young people bring to the table can help to inspire companies to embrace new ideas, technologies and help make positive future-proof changes. 

"We are keen for employers to get involved and help the young people on the programme reach their true potential as well as seeing the benefits that young people can also offer their business," Graham concluded.

For more information about how you can get involved through offering work taster sessions, skills sessions or job opportunities, please email for further information or visit:






  • For more information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer at Groundwork UK or call 0121 237 – 5815.
  • 'Progress' is a tailored programme of coaching support and bespoke activities to NEET and at risk of NEET young people aged between 15 and 24, enabling them to access training and employment opportunities:
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project has received up £2.81million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit