The Youth Employability Support (YES) project, is a collaboration of nine organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire aiming to transform the futures of ‘at risk’ young people between the ages of 15 – 24 who are currently the furthest from being able to move into employment. It focuses on young people who face extra barriers to work, such as mental or physical health difficulties, homelessness, disability or being a carer, but it is open to young people in Leicester or Leicestershire who are not currently in employment, education or training.
The YES Project reaches out to young people, assesses their needs and then works with them to develop a tailored support package (including one-to-one mentoring, work places, creative short courses, team building and more) that enables them to make a bespoke and successful journey towards employment.
The YES Project is managed by Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) and delivered by eight partners: TwentyTwenty, The Prince’s Trust, Seed Creativity, Soft Touch Arts, Leicestershire Cares, Bangladesh Youth and Cultural Shomiti, The Bridge and Warwickshire College. The project has received £1.9m of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
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