New training to give youngsters the ‘Head Start’ into work

27 Aug 2013 @ 3.33 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

Young people in York are being offered “employability training” to help them get their dream job.

The Head Start training is open to unemployed 18-24 year olds, providing intensive two- week courses to help support them into work or apprenticeship placements.

The sessions will be provided by City of York Council’s Learning York team, working in partnership with Jobcentreplus, and are funded by the Department for Work and Pensions until March 2014.

Sessions will cover creating a professional CV, application techniques, covering letters and interview preparation. Young people will also get support with job searching and applications.

The course will include group workshops, one-to-one support and online work. It will be followed by intensive group and one-to-one job searching sessions with an experienced adviser.

Participants will also have an English and Maths assessment and be referred onto the appropriate course if required.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, City of York Council, said: “The number of young people in York who are not in education or training in York is comparatively low, but we must not be complacent.

“This scheme will provide and important springboard to help 18-24 year olds get over that initial hurdle of finding and getting their first job.”

Colette Gray, Strategic Manager, York Learning, City of York Council, said: “The Head Start course was developed following feedback from the Job Centre Plus and we hope it will give young people both the confidence and competence to successfully search and apply for work.”

For more information on Head Start and how to get involved please email Rob Dewhurst or call 01904 554277.


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