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Youth employment programme up for national award

by Gemma Melling

A programme which has helped hundreds of young people into work is through to the finals of a prestigious national award.

The Liverpool City Region’s Youth Employment Gateway programme is a finalist for an Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Award, which takes place tonight (21 July). It is nominated in the ‘Innovation’ category.

The awards recognise projects that find creative ways to help young people into employment with demonstrable success. It is one of more than 130 nominations which were received for this year’s awards covering ten categories.

What is the Youth Employment Gateway?

The Youth Employment Gateway supports unemployed 18 to 24 years into work who live in Knowsley, Halton, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral into work.

Over the last 21 months, the programme has supported over 3,500 unemployed young people, with over 1,300 finding employment.

How does it work?

Participants on the programme are placed with a dedicated advisor who can provide ongoing support tailored to their specific needs. They are also given a personalised budget which they can use to buy goods or services up to the value of £500, which they believe will help improve their employment prospects.

Participants also have access to a range of online tools via YEG’s website, which can help them search and apply for jobs and apprenticeship and manage their personalised budget.

Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s lead for Employment and Skills, said:

“To be nominated for such a prestigious award is an achievement itself but I wish the programme every success on Thursday at the ERSA Awards evening.  We have received some fantastic feedback from participants on the programme so we know that is really delivering what both residents who are looking for work and employers who are looking for staff want and need in the Liverpool City Region.  Good luck!”

To find out more about the Liverpool City Region’s Youth Employment Gateway, visit http://yeg.merseyinteractive.com