For many years, we’ve been supporting projects to help young people who have found it difficult to get into work.
For instance through our association with local charity, Leicestershire Cares, we are involved in three initiatives to help young unemployed people into work.
The UP project
The Unlocking Potential (UP) Project helps young people aged 16-25 who are ex-offenders, current offenders or at risk of offending. It provides social, practical, economical and emotional support to help young people access education, employment or training.
Bradgate Bakery is helping the UP project by providing valuable work experience opportunities within the bakery. Colleagues within Bradgate are also volunteering their time by giving advice on how to fill in job applications.
The YES project
The Youth Employability Support (YES) Project supports young people aged 15-24 to overcome challenges and barriers that may be preventing them from finding a job or seeking further education.
Colleagues from Walkers Deli & Sausage Co. are helping by teaching these young people interview skills, showing them how to apply for jobs, and providing advice that will prepare them for life in the workplace.
Mentor programme for care leavers
Colleagues from Revolution Kitchen are acting as mentors for young people who have been in the care system. Many young people face a number of challenges when they transition out of care. These could be financial challenges, relationship issues, low self-esteem, or difficulties in finding work.
Following Leicestershire Cares’ request for mentors, our volunteers at Revolution Kitchen are acting as positive role models to these young people. They also help to develop their mentees’ confidence and are providing valuable support and advice in how to apply for jobs.