News story published on 06 March 2013
Back in August of last year a group of quite nervous young people joined Cross Keys Homes for six months work experience and job skills training. In February their initial period finished and they have emerged confident and more mature.
Three permanent vacancies Cross Keys Homes have been reserved for the young people and a number of them have applied and are going through the recruitment process. Two have already had their contracts extended for a couple of months to cover gaps in their departments. One trainee has been offered a permanent position in another organisation and one has decided to go back into education. At the time of writing only four of the original twelve recruits are not in education or employment and re still receiving support from Moving 4ward.
All of the trainees have come on in leaps and bounds. Reports from managers repeatedly said that they all come out of their shells, grown in confidence and made real and measurable contributions to their teams. Many succeeded in achieving things they did not believe possible. They have also completed job skills training including CV writing and interview skills.
A new group of eight trainees have now started and we have high hopes that their experience will be as positive and rewarding for the trainees themselves and the organisation as a whole.
Youth unemployment in the City is at worryingly high levels, and Moving 4ward is continuing to work with other organisations to identify and help many young people in addition to the small group we are able to employ ourselves.
Each young person that comes onto the scheme receives an individual assessment of their needs for the whole project and then they are filtered into the project stream that suits them best. Some may need more concentrated one-to-one support whereas some may thrive on getting straight into practical work on the six week programme.
The project workers also look at the whole raft of wider issues that some young people may bring with them and form barriers to their progress. They have a vast knowledge of issues such as drink and drugs, sexual health and troubled family dynamics and they are able to take these hidden issues in to account, offer support and signpost other service providers who can provide specialist services.
Cross Keys Homes has also established a group called ‘TWIP’ - Tackling Worklessness in Peterborough. This is a group of local training, employment and support organisations such as the local colleges, Job Centre plus, the local enterprise agency and many others who are able to further share knowledge, best practice and champion joint agency project delivery across the City. They can identify issues at a high level and work jointly to achieve a number of targets set around youth unemployment, including running an apprentice event.