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Multi-millions of potential funding to support young people


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Coventry Council’s Employment and Skills Service has successfully secured more than £2.11m of grant funding to provide much-needed education, training and employment support for 1200 of the city’s young people.


Cabinet will meet on August 31 when they are being recommended to accept the grant, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF).


The grant will help fund ‘Your Vision, Your future’, a new education, training and employment support programme which will support Coventry young people aged 16-29 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).


Each of our partners specialises in providing high-quality education, training and employment support. They will be tailoring the support provided to meet the individual needs of each young person. The partners are:


  • The Council’s Job Shop, Adult Education Service and the Migration Team.
  • PET-Xi Ltd
  • WATCH Ltd (Working Actively to Change Hillfields Ltd)
  • Coventry University through FabLab Coventry and their Outreach Team.
  • New Start 4 U CIC


Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Helping our young people gain the proper support for their futures is vital whether that be in further education, training or learning the right skills for the job market.


“I’m so impressed by the work already taking place, and this grant will help us, with our partners, to allow our young people to have the very best chance of grabbing the opportunities that come their way.”


This latest success is in addition to the £19m of ESIF grant already secured to support programmes totalling £34m (Ambition2, Connect2, Routes2 and Succeed). These programmes provide essential support to unemployed and inactive residents as they move closer toward and into employment.


Your Vision, Your Future is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). It comprises eight delivery partners who have come together to form a strong partnership.


Cllr Jim O’Boyle cabinet member jobs, regeneration and climate change, added: “Working with a strong set of partners, all experts in their own areas, will mean that every single person that takes part has a plan tailored around their needs and future ambition. I look forward to seeing what they can achieve.”


Written by: David Watkins

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