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Coventry Youth Hub brings up one year anniversary


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Young people from Coventry are benefiting from a package of support to give them access to training and career opportunities, thanks to a youth hub.


The hub at Coventry Job Shop is marking one year since its opening, during which it has offered practical advice and support to hundreds of young people aged 16-29 who are unemployed or at risk of losing their job or leaving school, college or university.


It is one of eight Youth Hubs being set up in the region as part of the youth offer that the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has developed with Jobcentre Plus, local authorities, the voluntary sector and local employers.


Cllr George Duggins, the WMCA portfolio holder for productivity and skills and leader of Coventry City Council, said, “The project takes employment support services out to young people providing a more integrated approach and is part of the successful Coventry Job Shop which has been supporting unemployed people in Coventry for several years.


“The enhanced offer ensures that young people benefit from services including advice from work coaches, links with local employers, training opportunities such as apprenticeships, tips on managing money, and support with retraining.”


Youth Hubs are part of the following Youth Offer that the WMCA has developed with Jobcentre Plus, local authorities, the voluntary sector and local employers:

  • Free careers advice
  • Access to vocational training – with a focus on training that leads to jobs
  • Hundreds more dedicated Jobcentre Plus work coaches
  • Access to funded work placements through the Government’s Kickstart scheme
  • Access to apprenticeships
  • More support to become self-employed

This is a crucial part of the WMCA’s plan to drive the region’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic by equipping young people with the skills they need to land jobs in growth sectors. 


During the official opening, Cllr Duggins met with several young people who have been supported by the service, including Harry Barrowman-Mackie, who said: “Coming to the Job Shop/Youth Hub has given me direction for a career path.


“I enrolled on an IT Course with JBC Training, which I really enjoyed, they really liked me, and when I completed the course, I secured a role as an IT Technician with the company.”

To find out what support is available to help local young people gain access to work and training opportunities, click here.

Written by: David Watkins

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