New initiatives launched as part of the Youth Employment Gateway programme

Published on: Monday, 05-October-2015

A number of new initiatives which help unemployed 18-24 year olds into work will be launching today as part of the Liverpool City Region’s Youth Employment Gateway.  The programme has been running for just over a year and is available to young people who live in the Liverpool City Region, covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

So far, the programme has supported over 1,650 unemployed young people, with over 400 finding employment. Referrals onto the programme are made by Job Centre Plus Work Coaches ensuring a wide range of support is available to young people who are looking for work or training opportunities. 

From today, each young person starting on the programme will have access to a personalised budget of £500 and they will be able to decide how best it should be spent in order to improve their employment prospects.  This can include but is not limited to occupational, accredited or non accredited training courses, work related equipment or tools, personal protective equipment (PPE) or uniforms, CRB checks or the cost of travel.

In addition, the new Youth Employment Gateway website goes live today and can be used by anyone who is looking for employment or already in employment but looking for a change of career. The website can be used for a variety of purposes including:

  • Careers Advice & Guidance
  • Details of Local Services
  • Live Apprenticeship finder
  • CV builder
  • Local Journey Planner
  • Local News

The site will be an essential tool for young people in their search for employment.  Visit http://yeg.merseyinteractive.com/home to find out more about the site and the programme.

Richard Else, Operations Director at Jaguar Land Rover and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Employment & Skills Board said “Helping our young people into employment is a priority for us here in the Liverpool City Region and this is just one of a number of initiatives we have introduced to support this priority.  We are also working with local employers to ensure the skills they are looking for are available locally, so as we have been working with training and education providers to ensure their courses are aligned to the needs to employers.”

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, added “Young people themselves know what support they need to help them into work, so I am sure that the latest developments to the Youth Employment Gateway programme, where they have more control over financial support to help them into work, will deliver results.  This is an exciting opportunity and I know that young people in the City Region will make the most of it.”