YOUNG people across the county are being helped to learn new skills and find employment and apprenticeships from a new project.
The aim is to help groups of young people build on their existing abilities, learn new ones and improve their confidence and self-esteem as they engage with their communities and put something back into the area where they live.
At present, 44 young people are taking part in four projects run by different training providers, including Azure Charitable Enterprise; Buzz Learning; CSV Learning North East and Northumberland Adult Learning Services.
Azure in Cramlington is where young people will undertake gardening work, clearing drainage sites and planting spring bulbs at Northumberlandia.
Buzz Learning Ltd, based at Wansbeck Business Park in Ashington, is a working in partnership with the NHS Foundation Trust, specifically with Ashmore House and the Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) team to tidy up an allotment,
‘The Dug Out’ scheme in Green Lane, Ashington, includes creosoting, digging and making new planting beds.
With CSV Learning North East , young people are tidying up the garden at Hadston House Community Centre and making improvements to benefit the community.
And at Northumberland Adult Training Services, based at Riverside Business Park in Blyth, young people are offering a winter car check.
This project is being run at the training centre at Spencer Court, Riverside Business Park, Blyth.
Coun Lesley Rickerby, executive member for children and young people at Northumberland County Council, said: “Unemployment is affecting young people across the UK and in Northumberland we are keen to help young people who have left school or college to develop their skills in a way that benefits them as individuals as well as the communities that they live in.
“This programme involves officers from the county council as well as local foundation learning providers with the expertise and contacts to help young people in many aspects of their job and training searches.”
Elaine O’Connor, head of employability and skills at the council, added: “Each project has been developed with the foundation learning providers to be meaningful to the community it is based in.
“This means that there is flexibility within the programme and the emphasis is on giving young people hands-on practical experience to help them develop skills and knowledge to use in further training or in applications for apprenticeships and employment.”
For information call Kim Fenney, transitions officer at Northumberland County Council on (01670) 625597, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org