Success for Wellingborough scheme which helps young people into work

Trainees Connor Brown, Andrew Burnett and Chanel Hillyerwith warehouse tutor Stuart McLean
Trainees Connor Brown, Andrew Burnett and Chanel Hillyerwith warehouse tutor Stuart McLean

A youth project is celebrating helping get 100 young people into paid, full-time employment.

Wise Up For Work offers youngsters aged between 18 and 24 the chance to learn skills which employers are looking for along with a strong work ethic.

To celebrate the success of the scheme, various people involved with it were invited along to the Phoenix Resource Centre on the Finedon Road industrial estate in Wellingborough yesterday to help send off a container of food, blankets and medical supplies to Kazakhstan.

Paul Glass, founder of Wise Up For Work, said: “Since we opened our doors last year, we’ve placed an incredible 100 young people into full-time work and that’s a figure that’s unrivalled anywhere in the country. This event is a celebration for everyone who’s got behind our project – local companies, young people and local MPs and councillors alike.”

WUFW trainees helped load the container as part of their warehousing training, with items including food specially mixed for victims of war and famine relief supplied by national aid charity Feed the Hungry UK.

Medical supplies were provided by the resource centre, with clothing and blankets from local volunteer groups.

Mr Glass added: “Supporting Feed the Hungry UK has provided our trainees with the opportunity to put their warehousing, packing, loading and forklift skills into practice while making a valuable contribution to the world around them. We are honoured to be able to help out.”

Help for county youngsters

Wise Up For Work is a youth employment project, supported by Jobcentre Plus and the National Skills Agency, which aims to get young adults aged 19 to 24 from Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden and Northampton ready for work by giving them the skills and confidence they need to get jobs with local businesses.

For more details about the scheme go to