A host of research from organisations such as the Prince’s Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Confederation of British Industry, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, Impetus-Private Equity Foundation and OECD shows that, without doubt, when a young person finds a decent job and keeps it for a year, their life chances increase massively.
But it’s not easy for young people to find work. The job market is more competitive than ever, employers are more selective, and the amount of true entry level jobs with prospects is decreasing. This hits disadvantaged young people the hardest; those facing a load of extra barriers such as a poor school history, lack of family support, no qualifications, and mental health challenges.
That’s why TwentyTwenty created Journey to Work (J2W), a six month interactive employability focused course to help 16-24 year olds gain confidence; get real work experience and learn vital employability skills; meet lots of local employers and learn about job opportunities, support to move on to further education and employment and achieve qualifications in Maths, English and ICT.
Students also get involved in different in-house and community projects where they apply what they’re learning in class and gain vital life skills to help them succeed in the workplace. This is facilitated by local business partners inputting to the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring they align with local employer needs, and a structured programme of business networking events, work experience placements, and job opportunities.
J2W is truly ‘employability’ focused, offering students career planning, CV development, interview training, and the know-how and contacts to find their way to an appropriate college course or job/apprenticeship.
Every young person also receives a tailored package of personal support to help them develop the resilience and motivation to overcome complex personal and social challenges, while pushing themselves as far as they can go in their learning.
This includes one-to-one assistance, small groups, counselling, and personal ‘solution focused’ coaching throughout the course to provide all the backing they need to succeed. Their coach will stay with them for up to a year after they leave TwentyTwenty helping and encouraging them to sustain their job, apprenticeship or college course.
J2W forms a vital part of a 20 month commitment to young people, offering a comprehensive and integrated programme of education, personal support & coaching, skills training and pathways to sustainable work or further education.
If you would like to become a business partner and support the work of TwentyTwenty, visit the website to find out more – https://www.twentytwenty.org.uk/Pages/Category/business-partners
Alternatively, you can raise funds by competing in the Prima Solutions TwentyTwenty Challenge on 29 September 2018 at Rutland Water. You can find more information and the link to register here: https://www.twentytwenty.org.uk/Event/prima-solutions-twentytwenty-challenge-2018
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