30 June 2016
A youth skills project which has been at the forefront of helping hundreds of young people secure apprenticeships has been rewarded with funding for a further two years.
The project set up by ONE Haverhill Partnership has exceeded all apprenticeship targets after close links were developed between business and education in the town.
The extra funding, which has seen numerous organisations support the project with grants totalling £50,000, will now see the project and the post of youth skills manager, Karen Chapple, secured for the next two years.
The project was initially set up in 2013 as part of the Government-funded Our Place! Community budget pilot to develop apprenticeship and training opportunities for young people in the town.
Since 2014, 50 new local apprenticeship places have been created each year through the project, which works with local businesses, education and young people.
The project also helps young people in the town with CV and job application writing skills, signposting to training opportunities, coordinating training for young people to ensure the right training is offered in Haverhill, advice and support and working with local schools and on various events.
Karen, who won a national award for her work on the project at the Our Place 2015 awards, said:
"Working with young people in the town means working with an ever-changing group of people with changing needs.
"When I meet a young person it is about assessing what we can do to help them be successful, it's about listening to them and hearing what they need from us to get them on the path to work."
The Youth Skills Project currently has apprentice roles in accountancy, manufacturing, labouring, bookkeeping, landscape gardening and an estate agent.