Partnership programme success as young people are helped into employment

A partnership programme designed to support young people into employment has marked the conclusion of another successful year with a graduation event.

The Pre-Apprenticeship Programme (PAP), now reaching the end of its second year, is a 26 unpaid weeks study programme targeted at council tenants or household members aged 16-18 years who are not in employment or lack the necessary qualifications to move into an apprenticeship.

The partnership, led by the council’s Homes and Neighbourhoods service and Kirklees College, offers vocational qualifications with valuable work experience in property services. The young people also work towards achieving Level 2 in English and Maths and a multi-skilled trade qualification.

Out of a cohort of 11 who successfully joined the PAP last September, four have now secured employment including two young people who are now undertaking an apprenticeship in homes and neighbourhoods to start in August. The remainder are on track to secure employment elsewhere, equipped with a qualification and a new toolbox provided by the college.

Successful PAP students with staff members from Kirklees Homes & Neighbourhoods and Kirklees College at the celebration event held at Kirklees College

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “The PAP programme, now reaching the end of its second year, is maturing into an invaluable initiative that enables young people, primarily living in council households, to acquire key skills and experience to improve their life chances.

“The success is a direct result of all the partners’ ‘USP’ namely, an absolute commitment and dedication to come together, share resources and expertise and to ‘think outside the box’ to come up with a viable solution to address exclusion.”

Since the programme was piloted in the academic year 2019/20, 24 young people have participated with over two thirds completing the programme. In addition, each learner has benefited from real work experience, vocational learning, pastoral support, enrichment activities, English and Maths Level 2 and employability skills training.

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