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Get A Job is an employability support programme that has run for over six years. It aims to help young people aged 16-19 years old get the skills and confidence to either secure employment or move into education or training. This year’s project is funded by UBS Optimus Foundation UK. Of the 1669 young people not in education, employment or training who have completed the programme over the six years, 83% progressed into work or further study.
A key part of the success is the many links to local businesses, who support with mock interviews, work place visits and work experience. The approach taken is also important. Youth Zones tailor the support offered for each cohort in response to the individual needs of those young people on the course. This helps to truly understand and remove the barriers to employment.
Giving young people the employability skills to succeed, as they move into adulthood, is vital to helping them lead happy, healthy and more aspirational lives. Thanks to support from the Accenture Foundation UK our Youth Zone network is helping young people across the North West to find employment, education or training opportunities.
We caught up with two of Wigan Youth Zone’s Get a Job Graduates who have progressed through the course and secured a job as Apprentice’s at Wigan’s local Specsavers store. Hear their thoughts on the course as well as their successes in their new roles.
Young people from The Factory Youth Zone in North Manchester’s Get a Job programme have secured paid work at Manchester’s new authentic Vietnamese restaurant named ‘Pho’.