Youth job creation scheme to launch in Wellingborough

The base for the Wellingborough Wise Up For Work scheme

The base for the Wellingborough Wise Up For Work scheme

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A pioneering youth employment project is being launched in Wellingborough, aiming to get 100 unemployed young people into paid, full-time jobs over the next 12 months.

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.

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

The Wellingborough launch follows the project’s resounding success in Corby, which has already got 60 young people off the dole queue and into full-time work.

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.

The official launch will be on Friday (July 11).

For more details see www.wiseupforwork.co.uk