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Regional Businesses Support Employability Lunch

Over 40 of the region’s businesses joined Newcastle United Foundation for their inaugural Employability Partners lunch at St James’ Park.

Attendees were given an introduction to the Foundation’s Employability programme by Project Manager Steve Mack, whose overview discussed the importance of regional businesses in supporting youth employment.

Participants of the Foundation’s Employability projects gave first hand accounts of how much of a positive impact the projects have had in their lives and how they helped them make the transition into employment.

Employability partners can support the work the Foundation does by offering site visits, interview opportunities, skills workshops and work experience opportunities.

The Foundation prides itself on its commitment to both its participants and partners, spending up to 15 weeks working with participants to ensure that they are ‘work ready’ before making any placements with partner organisations.

In the UK, the unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over is 5.5%. The North East region has the highest rate of unemployment in the UK at 8.5%.

Alan Metcalfe of Zenith People commented: “We have fundraised for the Foundation for a number of years and, while we’re very aware of the fantastic work they do in the community, today was a great opportunity to get a real insight into their commitment to support people into employment.

“It was wonderful to hear from the participants how the Foundation and local business community have changed their lives. Having met some of the candidates that have been linked with partner organisations we have been very impressed by their calibre and we will certainly be offering our support to this worthy project.”

Steve Mack added: “Everyone needs guidance when making the move into the world of work and that’s where the Foundation staff offer vital support. Some people don’t know what they want to and we pride ourselves on working with them to determine the skills they have. We then help them identify industries where we can offer work experience to best make use of those skills. The participants we work with are committed and enthusiastic and from experience, we know they are capable of adding great value to a workforce.”

Any businesses that would like to learm more about our Employability Partnerships should email Yvette Thompson (

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