How a £10m initiative is helping young Hull people get back into work

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Feb 2018

An initiative to help young people into work is hitting Hull shopping centres to try and reduce the number of unemployed people in the city.

Springboard, the Humber Learning Consortium’s (HLC) youth employment initiative, supported by the European social fund, is offering support for young people aged between 16 and 29.

The organisation has launched a series of roadshows across all Hull shopping centres and Paragon Interchange to raise awareness of the training and support on offer for unemployed and inactive young people in the city.

The organisation says it has seen an increase in the uptake of its services to help young people get jobs locally, but that not enough are aware of the services available.

Key worker Alex Bell from the Springboard YEI team talking to a potential learner

Peter Harbour

Throughout February, key workers from the project have been running pop-up information stands in the Prospect Centre, St. Stephens, North Point Shopping Centre in Bransholme, Princes Quay and the Interchange.

Springboard programme manager, Ben Fletcher, from HLC, said: “This unique partnership programme, which is one of the largest European projects for young people ever seen in the Humber, is all about supporting those who are the furthest away from the labour market and providing individual help and guidance to get them back on track and into training or employment.

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“Whether it is construction, engineering, teaching, English and Maths, creative media, sports or childcare, there really is something for everyone through our 17 delivery partners.

“We can also provide help with transport and childcare, reducing barriers back into work and training.”

The Springboard project is being delivered until 2020 and is aimed at long-term unemployed or economically inactive people aged 16-29 years in Hull and 16-25 year olds the rest of Humber.

Members of the Springboard YEI team at the Prospect Centre

Peter Harbour

The project is the biggest of its kind in the area, with an investment of £10.4m from European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for the Hull and Humber projects.

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The programme can help with access to careers in hospitality, maritime and engineering, creative media, child and adult care, motor trades, sports, business administration, CSCS Card training and exclusive NHS vacancies.

It also provides support, on a one-to-one and group basis, with mental health support through its partnership with City Healthcare Partnership (CHCP) and its ‘Let’s Talk’ Depression and Anxiety Services in Hull.

Participants must be living in Hull to be eligible for the initiative, be aged 16-29 and be currently unemployed or economically inactive. They must have legal residency status to access the funding.

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