Education partnership set for success after claiming two global awards

Leeds City Council’s Education Business Partnership (EBP) has secured two Global Best Awards for its work with the city’s young people.

The awards, held in Brussels on 10-12 September saw the EBP named the best in Europe in the category of Partnerships Which Build Learning Communities and also the overall thematic winner from across the five continents in this category.

The awards are in recognition of the ‘Set for Success’ programme delivered by the Education Business Partnership as part of the Devolved Youth Contract in Leeds.

The Awards are part of the International Partnership Network (IPN) which recognises the work of education business partnership organisations world-wide.

As part of the council’s employment and skills service, the partnership developed an innovative new scheme called ‘Set for Success’, building on the successful Youth Contract which is run in partnership with Igen Connexions service.

Working with young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), 'Set for Success’ organises a series of sessions aimed at getting them ready for interviews and jobs.

Focussing on building confidence and helping to make young people aware of all the skills they already have, the programme also organises visits to businesses so teenagers taking part can learn about life in the workplace.

Mock interviews with employers and work placements also form a key part of the project.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“The Education Business Partnership has done an excellent job in securing these two awards.

“The feedback we’ve had from everyone involved with the ‘Set for Success’ programme has been extremely positive, and we look forward to continuing with this success. Already the partnership has worked with over 9000 children and young people to get them engaged in high quality employability and mentoring programmes and supported over 900 businesses along with helping over 300 teachers involved in professional development opportunities.

“Getting into jobs can be a daunting prospect for any young person and is even more of a challenge for those who may not feel they have the skills or qualifications they need to find work – this programme is vital in helping give young people support and guidance and also in turn provide a huge confidence boost as they move forward with their careers.”

For further information contact

Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team


Tel: 0113 247 4450