YourMK's partnership with The Prince's Trust
In March 2017 YourMK and The Prince’s Trust launched an innovative new partnership focused on getting local young people aged 16-30 from difficult backgrounds and deprived areas into work, education, training and volunteering.
What is Get Into?
The “Get Into” programme gives young people the chance to gain work experience and receive training in a specific sector. The course is completely free and does not impact Jobseeker’s Allowance claims. The vast majority of young people who took part in the course had never experienced the world of work, with many participants having little or no educational qualifications, sometimes with learning difficulties.
What do the participants get?
The young people who participated in this course were offered the chance to gain a British Safety Council Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in the Construction Environment and Construction Safety Certification Scheme training, exam and card. The vocational skills offered were presentation and communication skills, team work, time and stress management and effective work behaviours.
How does it work?
The first two weeks of the programme were classroom based. This was followed by two weeks of work placements at YourMK, which reflective of the typical working days of a YourMK employee. There were also mock interviews with YourMK staff, which enabled the young people to experience what was involved in the process, and tackle some of their nerves. Through this programme, the participants gained a good understand of what it is like to work within the construction industry, providing them with the qualifications, knowledge and skills essential for a career in construction work. The young people worked closely with YourMK staff and learnt a lot from working on the job alongside real construction workers.
Who took part?
Across the two programmes (March 2017 and February 2018) 180 people who expressed an interest; 36 attended special taster days, from which the 22 participants were chosen. 18 of these completed the course, with ten going on to achieve a positive outcome so far:
- 2 young persons has been offered labouring positions with YourMK.
- 3 young people have been offered apprenticeships in carpentry, plumbing and heating with YourMK.
- 2 young persons have found labouring work through new contacts.
- 1 young person has found labouring work through Hays Recruitment.
- 1 young person has started an apprenticeship as a duct work engineer.
- 1 young person has started warehousing operative work via a recruitment agency.
83% Young people reported an improvement in their communications skills.
76% Young people reported an improvement in their team work skills.
71% Young people reported an improvement in their ability to set and achieve goals.
89% Young people reported an improvement in their ability to manage feelings.
93% Young people reported increased confidence.
Nathan was recommended to the programme by his Job Centre Advisor. Nathan had been unemployed for around two to three months before he came onto the programme. He had always had a keen interest in becoming a carpenter and had previously studied carpentry at Milton Keynes College for two years after he left school, gaining a level one and two grade, but was unable to secure a job within the construction industry. The Prince’s Trust Get into Programme gave Nathan the confidence he needed to enable him to learn more about the skills set he needed to access work in a construction firm. Nathan shone during the interview process and put all the skills he learnt on the programme to the test securing a two year Apprenticeship in Carpentry with The Mears Group. He is currently enjoying his apprenticeship and looking forward to starting college in September 2017.
"It has been a very good programme, the support we have received from YourMK has been excellent, their commitment to making the programme a success has been amazing."
Matthew Weatherby, Prince's Trust.
Pictured: 10 of the participants who successfully completed the first programme
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