215 young people living in Coventry and Warwickshire accessed specialist support in 2017 to help them back into employment, education, training or an apprenticeship as part of youth employment initiative, Progress.
Progress is targeted towards 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.
The programme offers tailored individual and group support including work placements, practical living skills, mental health support and maths and English qualifications to help get more young people on the path to a future worth working for.
The programme also supports young people facing a wide range of barriers such as disabilities and poor mental health. To date, the programme has helped 93 disabled young people access work, training and support.
It’s being led by community charity, Groundwork UK alongside a partnership of 15 leading youth charities and local partners specialising in engaging and supporting young people.
The initiative is a Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, works with some of the most disadvantaged young people across the Coventry and Warwickshire regions.
Abduali, 18 who is enrolled on the programme said:
Before joining Progress I didn’t have any confidence or any friends. I saw myself as nothing. But the more I got involved with the programme the more my confidence grew. I would definitely recommend Progress to other young people that need help – it’s changed my life completely.
Click here to read Abduali's story in full.
Megan, who is also enrolled on the programme, said:
Progress has changed my life dramatically in a really good way. There's been plenty of times when I've genuinely felt like I'm pretty useless and then when you realise how far you've improved and it gives you hope really, it really does it gives you hope and faith that you can do anything you want to do.
Click here to watch a film about Megan's inspiring Progress journey.
Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK said:
We are delighted that Progress has had such a positive impact on the lives of local Coventry and Warwickshire young people in the programme’s first year.
It’s important that we keep this momentum going through the guidance and support offered by the partnership and continue to work closely with local stakeholders and employers to ensure we can offer the young people enrolled on the programme opportunities to develop. We look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring to Progress.
Progress will run until December 2018 and is inviting young people to find out more, as well as encouraging more local employers and stakeholders to refer young people and to offer placements and guidance to participants.
To find out more, please visit – www.grondwork.org.uk/progress