New scheme to get unemployed young people into work launches in Wellingborough

At the launch of Wise Up for Work in Wellingborough, centre, from left, Andy Richardson, a trustee at Phoenix Resource Centre, Steven North, the leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Wellingborough Cllr Robert Gough, Peter Bone MP and Paul Glass, the founder of Wise Up for Work
At the launch of Wise Up for Work in Wellingborough, centre, from left, Andy Richardson, a trustee at Phoenix Resource Centre, Steven North, the leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Wellingborough Cllr Robert Gough, Peter Bone MP and Paul Glass, the founder of Wise Up for Work

A pioneering youth employment project that aims to get a third of Wellingborough’s unemployed young people into 100 paid, full time jobs over the next 12 months has been launched.

Wise Up for Work offers free pre-employment training courses for Wellingborough young people aged 19 to 24. Backed by £200,000 of funding from the European Social Development Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, the four to six-week courses provide training in warehousing skills and also get the young people ready for work by equipping them with the skills and attitude that employers are looking for.

The Wellingborough launch follows on from the project’s resounding success in Corby, which has already got 60 unemployed young people into full time jobs.

Paul Glass, founder of Wise Up for Work, said: “At Wise Up for Work, we are firmly focused on the end result – equipping people with the skills they need to get a job and, just as importantly, stay in a job. And it’s working too. Our retention rate for the people we have placed in jobs in Corby so far is over 80 per cent, which is double the retention rate that employers were seeing before.

“We are aiming to get 100 Wellingborough young people trained and into full time work over the next 12 months. As well as providing basic skills training, our programme aims to file off some of the rough edges that we know can make employers reluctant to take on young people. Wise Up for Work gives young people a real chance to prove themselves and take that important first step on the employment ladder.”

Wise Up for Work is also supported by Wellingborough Jobcentre Plus, the National Apprenticeship Service and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone.

Mr Bone said: “With unemployment down by more than a third in Wellingborough in the last 12 months, the Government’s long term economic plan is clearly working in our community. Wise Up for Work will build on this backdrop by giving essential pre-employment training to local youngsters. It will enable the participants to obtain work quicker and employers will benefit from the basic work skills they have learnt.”

Wise Up for Work offers four to six weeks’ free pre-employment training covering basic work skills (health and safety, manual handling and a fork lift licence) along with lifestyle advice such as nutrition and personal budgeting. Importantly, trainees learn what’s expected of them at work in terms of attitude and commitment.

The trainees will be running the warehousing function for the Phoenix Resource Centre, an environmental charity that takes unwanted goods and materials from local businesses and recycles them for charities and community groups, both in the UK and overseas.

For more information see www.wiseupforwork.co.uk

If you’d like to support the project, or if you’re a local employer with opportunities available, please contact Paul Glass on 0800 193 3246, email paul@wiseupforwork.co.uk. You can also join Wise Up for Work on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @WUFWcorby.