A new skills and training centre has opened in Corby to help the town’s young people find work.
CKW Academy, in Princewood Road, is offering places to 16 to 19-year-olds.
Last year a study by education specialists Ambitious Minds named Corby as the worst place for youth unemployment in the country.
The latest jobless figures show that there were 600 young people between 18 and 24 out of work in Corby in April.
The youth unemployment figure of 11.1 per cent compares with 6.9 per cent for the East Midlands and 6.7 per cent for the UK.
The major partner in the new academy is Morthyng Group Limited, a registered charity and voluntary sector training provider.
It has joined forces with local businessman Neil Logue, who runs a number of ventures on the Earlstrees industrial estate.
Morthyng operates five training centres, three in Rotherham, one in Doncaster and another in Birkenhead.
The organisation has been running since 1988 and is a grade two provider under Ofsted, with a grade one rating for safeguarding.
Terrie MacCormac, co-ordinator at the new centre in Corby, said: “Our training programmes are tailor-made to meet the individual needs of young people.
“After a robust initial assessment we can put together an individual training programme based on each young person’s abilities, needs and aspirations.”
The academy, which opened last week, employs a number of tutors, IT staff and a liaison officer.
It has an IT suite, training kitchen, meeting and lecture rooms.
Following their assessment and induction, trainees, who receive £30 a week for attending, receive employability and vocational training, with the aim of obtaining work experience placements with local employers.
The academy has already forged a link with developers Bela at Priors Hall, Corby, where trainees will get the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the construction industry.
Billy Hynds, 16, who lives on the Danesholme estate, Corby, is one of the academy’s first learners.
He said: “I’m hoping for an apprenticeship in the construction industry. I’m really enjoying being here.
“It’s chilled out and I’m looking forward to the rest of the course.”
Cameron Hughes, 17, who lives on the Kingswood estate in the town, said: “I want to be a plasterer.
“The job situation around here is difficult for young people but this training centre will really help.”
For more details about training available at CKW Academy call 07513 304562.