Partnership set for awards success for work getting young people into jobs

A unique project that has helped hundreds of local teenagers get into jobs and training has won a prestigious international award.

Leeds City Council’s Education Business Partnership (EBP) has scooped the Global Best Award for its work with some of the city’s 16 and 17 year-olds.

The EBP has been named the best in Europe in the category of Partnerships Which Build Learning Communities.

The team are also in contention for the Overall Category Winner and Overall Global Winner prizes.

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 key part of the project.

So far the work done by the partnership has helped 212 young people into employment, education or training.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“The feedback we’ve had from everyone involved is that ‘Set for Success’ makes a massive difference helping to get young people on the path to a brighter future.

“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.

“But the support and guidance they get from ‘Set for Success’ gives them a huge confidence boost as well as giving them the right experience and preparation to tackle interviews and hit the ground running.”

She added: “This award is thoroughly deserved and a testament to the hard work of the EBP team. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the programme and wish them the best of luck in the further two awards categories.”


For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk