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Spaces available at 'Progress' stakeholder event to engage employers with youth employment initiative

Coventry and Warwickshire employers and stakeholders are being invited to an event to learn more about how they can get involved with 'Progress', a youth employment initiative aimed at 15-24-year-olds.

  • When: Wednesday 18 October
  • Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1JD
  • Time: 2pm – 5pm

The event will engage attendees by inviting them to experience first-hand some of the activities that young people have been doing to better their chances of finding employment, as well as meeting some of the young people who are enrolled in the programme and programme partners. 

As well as the interactive sessions, the event will also be 'storyboarded' by a local graffiti artist and attendees will be urged to make a pledge about how they will help to inspire or help local young people to achieve.

Progress, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, 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.

The programme offers tailored one-to-one support and group work to increase the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of those enrolled, boosting social and personal skills as well as employability.

Charlie, a young person who is enrolled on the programme said:

"If it wasn’t for progress building my confidence and motivation I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply for the job I’m in now. I would recommend progress to any young person that needs help finding their goal in life."

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork said:

"This event has been designed to both showcase the success of Progress so far and to engage local employers and stakeholders with how they can make a difference to local young people.

"The vision and passion that young people bring to the table can help to inspire companies to embrace new ideas and technologies and help make positive future-proof changes. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event that aims to be a huge success and ultimately help local young people to achieve their life goals." 

For any local employers or stakeholders interested in joining the event, please register your interest here:  or contact


 Notes to Editors


  • 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. In 2016/17 it awarded £712.7 million and supported more than 13,814 projects across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.


  • Since June 2004 it has awarded £8.5 billion 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