Leeds Health and Care Academy has been awarded £330,000 to help 600 unemployed young people into health and care careers.
The grant comes as part of Government funding initiative schemes across the country – investing in people and communities.
The organisation plans on working with young people, aged between 16-25, who have a disadvantaged background, or disabilities and engage them in careers in health and care – the Academic is the only place in Leeds to win the bid for the funding, and 1/6 across Yorkshire.
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The project is aimed in particular at young people getting into training programmes, careers and importance of health and care in the community.
Leeds Health and Care Academy are working with East Leeds project and Lighthouse Futures Trust, who have got fantastic experience working locally with people and communities – they also plan to work with the third sector, charities and volunteers around Leeds.
Kate O’Connell, director of Leeds Health and Care Academy, said: “We plan to engage with young people creatively, then connect them with the pathway that will support them the most.
“This could be in whatever skills or training they might need, or what they might need support in like their confidence for example.”
The scheme isn’t just to find nurses and carers within young people but jobs within the care industry such as admin, IT, catering – the aim is to explore the right match to get the right outcome.
Kate added: “We want to help them secure real jobs and training outcomes.
“The aim of the project was to see how we can help them, and how we can do something valuable for their community.
“By giving something back to their communities it can build self worth especially if they have had difficulties in their past.
“We want to give them transferable skills to progress in life and we are excited we have the opportunity to do it.”
The project is planning to work with 600 people who are currently unemployed or not in education, to help them make the huge transition and take the steps into finding their career.
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Kate said: “It is important that these people are supported at a young age.
“The aim is to help them build confidence, and set them up for future divisions in a broad way.
“I cant stress enough the enthusiasm in Leeds for this project, its such a good city to work with, there are so many different organisations who share the same ambitions.”
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