A new scheme has been launched that will create employment for young people aged 18 to 24 from across the district.
Prospects, Cross Street, Wakefield, the SESKU Academy in South Kirkby and the Ryecroft youth centre have all been commissioned by the YOUR Consortium, to run the Big Lottery funded Talent Match scheme.
The five-year project will provide work experience placements and create jobs for people lacking the skills to get into work, as well as the unemployed.
An open day was held to mark the official launch of the scheme at SESKU Academy, Burntwood Community Centre, last Wednesday.
Adam Redfern, senior manager, said: “The aim is to support young people to develop talent and then match them with a career, so that they have the confidence to earn their own income and sustain long term employment.”
Delivery of the scheme is being supported by The Young Lives Consortium, The Youth Association and the Ahead Partnership, as well as South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council.
Nathan Young, 20, of Faith Street, South Kirkby, is on a sports coaching placement and gets to work with pupils at local schools through the scheme he joined two months ago.
He said: “I was unemployed and had nothing to do before I found out about this. I am really enjoying it and feel really positive about the future now. I’m really looking forward to getting a job at the end of it.”
To find out more about how to get involved, call Prospects on 01924 371579, SESKU on 01977 641461 or Ryecroft Youth Centre on 01226 723659.