Solihull businesses urged to help tackle youth crime - The Solihull Observer

Solihull businesses urged to help tackle youth crime

Solihull Editorial 21st May, 2024   0

SOLIHULL businesses are being called on to help tackle youth violence by signing up to a summer jobs scheme.

National youth work charity UK Youth is looking for companies to offer work experience placements as part of its new Summer Jobs Programme.

The scheme is aimed at young people aged 16 to 25 who are at risk of violence.

The programme is run during the summer holidays and includes a preparation week, five weeks of paid work experience – funded by the scheme – and wraparound support from a youth worker.

Ndidi Okezie, UK Youth chief executive, said: “We are looking for employers prepared to welcome, work with, mentor and supervise a young person at risk of falling prey to harm, in a safe and supported way.

“This is an opportunity for organisations to play their part in addressing the needs of local young people and to be a proactive part of the solution.

“Businesses are urged to come forward, host a placement and become a trailblazing employer in the first youth employment programme of its kind in the UK.

“Together we can make a significant impact on the life young people.”

UK Youth is working with 14 delivery partners, with the aim of supporting 600 young people by providing work experience directly with employers in their local area.

There is free, expert, external support throughout the placement. Employers will work with the young person’s dedicated youth worker to ensure a successful placement for both the young person and the employer.

The programme will provide an access fund and pre-placement preparation.

Young people will be paid weekly in line with national minimum wage.

The Summer Jobs Programme is part of a large research project to learn better ways to support young people at risk of violence.

The project is funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Youth Futures Fund.

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