A new Employment Hub has launched as part of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (the LEP) commitment to address current and future skills shortages in the region.
The free programme will engage over 6,000 young people over three years, with support to get them into further learning, self-employment, employment or an apprenticeship. The free service will also assist businesses to fulfil their recruitment needs. The £9 million programme has been funded through the European Social Fund (£4.5m) and has been matched from nine delivery partners’ involved in the scheme.
The enhanced support on offer to young people and students aged 15-24 will enable them to better understand the workplace and discover work and training opportunities across the region. The Hub can be accessed through various outreach activities across Leeds City Region, including face-to-face meetings and website referrals through the LEP’s Futuregoals website.
Businesses will receive a free package of support to help them engage with young people through the programme. This includes, training opportunities, information on the benefits of hiring apprenticeships and showcasing how investment in skills can lead to increased productivity, better business performance, which in turn results in greater profitability.
Dedicated support will be provided at a local level by a range of delivery partners including the Local Authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, York and C&K Careers and Leeds Beckett University, ensuring that young people can access support easily and fulfil the needs of local employers.
The service builds on the strategic connections already established between businesses and schools through the LEP, and the LEP’s Growth Service which has supported over 10,000 SME businesses across the region. It will also provide further information for teachers and support for parents. The #Futuregoals campaign will continue to provide the latest job market information and classroom resources for pupils all ages.