Our young people repeatedly tell us that they do not feel prepared enough for work, which can often be exacerbated by them just not knowing where to start in looking. To help address this, as well as enabling young people to build their self-confidence, we designed and launched a skills and enterprise programme in 2018.

Our workshop based programme gives young people practical employment advice as well as opportunities to put their learning into practice by delivering their own pop-up, micro, enterprises.

The ‘Connect’ programme, specifically designed for those coming out of homelessness or probation, has four stages, each one designed to connect young people with future employers alongside creating their own self-employment opportunities too:

STAGE 1 – Learning about financial planning, marketing, team building and workplace disciplines.

STAGE 2 – Work experience with local business partners.

STAGE 3 – Planning and delivering a pop-up enterprise.

STAGE 4 – Reviewing and evaluating the outcomes for future projects.

With the close support of our professional staff team, young people build evidence-based portfolios of how they help plan and deliver each pop-up enterprise, working towards an NOCN qualification in Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability.

Through funding from the Building Connections Fund young people will also use the programme as a springboard in which they can address issues such as youth loneliness. They will do this by visiting various community spaces across the region in order to gather ideas and subsequently create their own community space at YMCA in Spring 2019.

To find out more about the Connect programme please ring our team on 01392 410530 or email office@ymcaexeter.org.uk.

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