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Ablaze is delighted to have received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to support the Works 4 Youth Engaging Potential programme delivered by Ablaze in partnership with The West of England Combined Authority and South Gloucestershire Council.

Ablaze is 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 delivers 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. The first cohort started the programme in April 2024, with another programme later in the year.

The programme provides a series of workshops delivered by Ablaze, aimed at building vital skills, improving wellbeing and supporting professional development; mentoring to help the young people to build confidence and resilience, reflect on their learnings and discuss their next steps; a two-week work placement with a local business; and the opportunity to network with a variety of businesses, education and training providers, to explore the progression pathways open to them.

The National Lottery Community Fund grant will enable us to provide extra support to the young people taking part in the programme as well as to further develop the programme so that we can support more young people in the West of England region.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, please visit https://ablazebristol.org/employment-and-skills/