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Newcastle United Foundation Launches NE1 Works

Newcastle United Foundation has launched NE1 Works, an initiative designed to work with the city’s business community to support young people not in education, training or employment (NEET). The programme will run in collaboration with Newcastle NE1’s youth employability programme, NE1 Can  and is funded by Newcastle City Council’s Newcastle Fund.

The aim of the project is to create a network among NE1’s 1,400 business members that NEET young people can access for training, mentoring and advice.  The project will also offer NE1 businesses  direct access to a pool of appropriately trained and work ready young people who  have completed Employability programmes with the Foundation.

Every year the Foundation supports hundreds of unemployed young people take steps towards work.  This initiative will introduce young people to potential employers, through mock interviews and industry insight sessions, as well as securing work experience and ultimately jobs.

A wide range of career opportunities and industry sectors will be covered as part of the scheme including Construction, Restaurants and Hospitality, Digital Technology and Sciences.

NE1 Works will help young people to prepare for the world of work and will host regular employer events focused on topical employability issues and market trends to ensure that training and development continues to meet the needs of the business community.

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “NE1 Works will give us a brilliant opportunity to engage with businesses on our doorstep with the aim of providing even more opportunities to the young people involved in our Employability programmes.”

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Newcastle NE1, in order to connect with city centre businesses that can help the most disadvantaged young people in our community with work experience or the opportunity to secure employment.  We’re already seeing some hugely positive outcomes from the first few weeks of NE1 Works, and two of our young people have already secured jobs in the city centre, which is fantastic.  I’d like to thank Newcastle City Council for their support of the project.”

Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 added: “We are delighted to be playing our part in NE1 Works.   It is a fantastic project that complements our NE1 Can initiative and which aims to target help and support where it is needed most.   NE1 businesses have been fantastically supportive of this initiative and we hope that it will provide assistance with recruitment and skills shortages as well as tackling youth unemployment.

Councillor Nora Casey, portfolio holder for Children and Young People at Newcastle City Council said:  “I am really pleased that we can work with Newcastle NE1 and Newcastle United Foundation to bring a range of new opportunities to young people across the city.

“We remain committed to reducing the number of young people in Newcastle not accessing employment, education or training. Projects like NE1 Works have helped us to bring this figure down to 6.7% of all young people, which is an improvement from 10.9% in 2011.

“Providing young people with different opportunities in a wide range of sectors is important, as it allows them to find and develop their individual strengths and interests.

“Newcastle has many exciting learning and employment opportunities and we must ensure that resources are available to support young people to progress into their chosen career pathway.”

For more details please contact Business Network Manager Dawn Barber

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