Employment and Skills Programme

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From Spring 2024, Ablaze are delivering an Employment and Skills Programme in partnership with The West of England Combined Authority and South Gloucestershire Council to deliver the Mayoral Priority Skills Fund. The project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to meet current priority skills gaps in the region.

The programme is part of the Works 4 Youth Engaging Potential project and will deliver tailored support to NEET young people aged 16 to 25 in South Gloucestershire.

It offers a fully supported pathway aimed at changing mindsets, fostering positive growth and building key skills to propel young individuals toward a brighter future.

There are four key parts:

  1. WorkshopsA series of 8 workshops delivered by Ablaze, aimed at building vital skills, improving wellbeing and supporting professional development.
  1. Mentoring – Throughout the programme, each young person will work independently with a mentor to help them to build confidence and resilience, reflect on their learnings and discuss their next steps.
  1. Work PlacementYoung people will enrol on a two-week work placement with a local business. The experience of working in a business allows for crossing the bridge between learning and practice.
  1. NetworkingAfter completing the work placement, young people will be supported to network with a variety of businesses, education and training providers, exploring the progression pathways open to them.
The aims of this programme are to help young people:

  • Grow in confidence in themselves and their potential.
  • Discover career pathways and how to progress them.
  • Make informed choices about their future.
  • Make sense of training opportunities and their value.
  • Work on overcoming barriers to progression.
  • Discover of how to network effectively.
  • Complete job hunting and job applications.
  • Build connections and relationships with other young people.
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Young person taking part in an employability workshop
You are eligible to take part if:
  • you are aged between 16 and 25
  • you live in South Gloucestershire
  • you are unemployed or on a zero hours contract
  • you are not currently in education or training
  • you are a UK resident or have Right to Work in the UK

We will be delivering two programmes in 2024. Applications for the first programme will open in April 2024. If you wish to apply, contact us at      enquiries@ablazebristol.org

You can also find out about further skills development and training programmes available via the Skills Connect website

If you are a business in Bristol or South Gloucestershire and you would like to support a young person by offering a work placement, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact Flora Hodgson to find out more.

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