We are delighted to have been awarded funding by the Garfield Weston Foundation to support young people aged 14-18 and at the highest risk of not achieving a successful destination into further education, employment or training (ETE) when they leave school or college.
Over the next three years we are aiming to offer intensive support to 1,000 at-risk young people. The generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation will enable us to deliver our Transitions Coaching programmes to young people across our partner schools and colleges.
Through intensive tailored support, we help young people build on their individual strengths and interests, develop their soft skills, and access training, employment, and career opportunities within the construction industry after they finish school or college. Through our long-standing links with construction employers, we connect young people directly to relatable role models, hands-on tasters, work experience placements, and, ultimately, support them to progress successfully onto a next step in employment/apprenticeship, training, or education.
Given the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on disadvantaged young people, we believe our targeted support programmes have never been more important. This generation of young people have borne the brunt of school closure, exam disruption and limited job opportunities, leading to poorer employment prospects. Now more than ever, young people need additional support to overcome the barriers they face and take a positive next step.
We cannot wait to launch our next set of Transitions Coaching programmes and sharing with you the success of our young people as they move forwards on their journeys to rewarding careers in the construction and built environment sector!