Great Places customers have received assistance in finding employment through the HATCH program, facilitated by their collaboration with Premier League side Burnley and UK Youth.
So far three cohorts – a total of 27 young people – have taken part in the employability programme, run in partnership with KFC, which provides workshops and paid work experience placements for young people aged 16-25 who are not in education employment or training, or are at risk of being so.
Great Places has provided £15,000 to fund the programme in 2023 and those who signed up were supported via the More Positive Together scheme.
Among the successes of the programme, people have gone on to work for KFC, Boo Hoo, Daisy Communications and Aerospace supplier Hycrome.
Aateeka Bashir, Great Places’ Community and Partnerships manager, added: “The partnership with Burnley and UK Youth is bearing amazing results as we see young people get into work or full-time education.
“The programme has been vital to young people who are estranged from parents and living on their own, or who are struggling with their mental health and aren’t quite ready for a full-time job.
“The programme allows them to get valuable, paid work experience which gives them an insight into the work place and allows them to build on that.”
Claire Knight, from Burnley FC in the Community, added: “It’s so gratifying to see the people we work with build their confidence and begin their career paths or opt for education.
“We have a long relationship with Great Places and it’s really changing lives for the better across East Lancashire.”
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