This programme will be taking particpants from functional skills and employment skills, through a work experience placement, to an apprenticeship and eventually full-time employment.
For our first cohort of Youth Works which started in May 2021, we saw 4 trainee youth support workers from the Kickstart Scheme, take on placements in host organisations in our local community to gain valuable youth work experience. A huge thanks to our community organisations - Daisy UK, The Hive, Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre and Shrewsbury House Youth Club.
The centres were handpicked as they are based in areas of deprivation and high need for youth interventions. The participants have been shown new ways of working and have been supporting the youth workers to deliver high-quality youth programmes in the community.
The Youth Works programme supports the ‘We are in it Together’ campaign with its aim of rebuilding the youth service in the Liverpool City Region.
They were employed for 25 hours, split between 16 hours on placement and 9 hours of training with the Foundation. The participants completed numerous training modules including introduction to youth work, safeguarding, mental health and first aid.
Once they reached the end of their placement, they have had the opportunity to apply for a Level 3 Youth Work apprenticeship to continue to professionally develop as a youth worker. They will work in a supporting role with young people aged 11-25 to promote their personal, social and educational development.
In short, this programme will ultimately help to prevent and reduce violence by providing appropriate interventions and diversionary activities for young people and therefore helping young people to fulfil their potential.
Our participants have come from all walks of life but the one thing that unites them is their passion about youth work and wanting to give back to their community and help young people or vulnerable adults who might be facing or have faced the same issues as them.
The Foundation’s Youth Provision Manager, Helen Whitfield commented on the journey of our 1st cohort:
‘Over the months, we have seen the participants develop and professionally grow. They have taken part in a vast amount of training to support their youth work knowledge, and they have also been exposed to a variety of youth work settings to widen their experience of working with young people and issues they can be faced with.’
Here is a selection of comments made by the Kickstarters:
‘The Kickstart has given me so much confidence and opened up so many new opportunities for me to take on, to make me a stronger professional for youth work’.
‘I’ve gained new skills & learnt more about the youth work sector. I’ve loved working and representing my club and spreading a positive message.’
Good luck everyone on the next steps of your journey!