A Huddersfield charity has come up with an innovative scheme to help young people find work.

Fresh Futures understands why many young people find it so hard to get jobs and so has devised its new and free Employability Programme for 18 to 26-year-olds.

It runs for a week at a time and is designed for the people on it to build up their skills, confidence and work experience.

The mornings will focus on core skills needed to find work such as CV writing, interview techniques and how to research for jobs.

After a free lunch the afternoons will provide experiences to help enhance their confidence, self-esteem and skills such as trips out, guest speakers or learning new, creative skills such as photography or video editing.

After completing the programme the young people will be given the opportunity to do 10 hours of voluntary work with an employer from across Kirklees to help build their experience and bolster their CV. Placements will be tailored to the kind of work they want to do in the future.



Community Connections Services Manager Christine Rhodes said: “The youth unemployment rate has increased and young people experience many barriers when looking for a job.

“From our work with young adults we have learned that low confidence and self-esteem, social anxiety, emotional issues and mental health challenges prevent young people from accessing work.

“We’ve developed our innovative Employability Programme to help young people get employment ready and equip them with the skills, experience and understanding to feel confident applying for jobs.

“We are keen to offer placements for young people in different industries across Kirklees and if this is something your business could accommodate we’d urge you to get in touch today to find out more.”

Over the last four months Fresh Futures has been producing a podcast series promoting the benefits of youth volunteering which are available on all the main podcast platforms including Spotify and Apple podcasts.

Search ‘Youth Social Podcast’ or click on this link http://tiny.cc/5mrwxz

Fresh Futures, formerly the Yorkshire Children’s Centre, is a regional charity that supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people and their families in Kirklees and surrounding areas.

To find out more about the Employability Programme email elevate@freshfutures.org.uk or call 01484 415465.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.