Local Coventry and Warwickshire stakeholders and employers were invited to find out more about Progress at an event aimed to both promote and celebrate the achievements of the youth employment programme.
Progress is a part of Building Better Opportunities, a Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund programme that aims to help unemployed young people across Coventry and Warwickshire access training, skills and support to find work. The partnership is made up of 16 local organisations and led by community charity, Groundwork UK.
The event was designed to differ from a 'typical' stakeholder event by inviting delegates to take part in some of the activities that young people take part in during their time on the Progress programme.
Attendees were encouraged to get involved with team-building Meccano, boxing sessions, an 'Apprentice-style' interview and various health and wellbeing tasks such as smoke and alcohol awareness and positivity to workshops to help promote both mental and physical wellbeing.
The event also premiered a film featuring Progress participant, Megan who spoke honestly and bravely about her journey on the programme. Other Progress participants were also in attendance throughout the event and helped to facilitate tasks and speak to delegates about their individual journeys.
Delegates also got involved with social media on the day, posing in the giant Instagram frame as well as making their 'pledge' of what they would do to help local young people to progress. Local graffiti artist, Jonno also invited both young people and delegates to put their mark on a Progress canvas.
Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK said:
"We are pleased that local employers and stakeholders got to see first-hand the hard work that the young people who are enrolled on the programme have been putting in to help them on their journey to a better, stable and worthwhile future.
"Progress works with some of the most disadvantaged local people across Coventry and Warwickshire and we are pleased that the programme is helping to transform the lives of local young people.
"We are now going to build on the success of the event and continue to raise awareness of the programme and encourage local employers to get involved by offering job, training and work opportunities to young people who have so much to offer."
Notes to Editors
For more information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer at Groundwork UK on firstname.lastname@example.org 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: groundwork.org.uk/progress
- Progress will be delivered by a partnership of leading youth charities and local partners specialising in engaging young people: Citizens Advice, Coventry City Council, Groundwork West Midlands, Heart of England Mencap, Hereward College, Innovating Minds CIC, Motorvate UK, Positive Youth Foundation, Target Support for Young People (Warwickshire County Council), Team SpringBoard, The Learn2 Group, Valley House, Values Education For Life, Voluntary Action Coventry and Young People First.
- The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide initiatives, its funding brings people together to make a difference to their health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people. Website │Twitter │Facebook │Instagram
- 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 https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding