Skills for life

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


Our organisation is called Families First (North East) and we operate a Training bistro called One77. It primarily supports and trains young people who may be NEET and/or have a learning disability to fully skill them in enterprise, catering, customer service, employment and associated skills. A range of qualifications are offered as well as real life practical training. Trainees are also skilled in running and operating a successful business.

Our aim is to provide young people who are currently unemployed or out of education with an inspiring and motivating programme in enterprise and training. It will contribute towards reducing the high level of youth unemployment in Hartlepool and look to increase the number of start-up enterprises by young people.

It will target its activity to those young people who may be long-term unemployed (over 12 month) or who are from 2nd+ generation of families who are out of work.

The funding will be used to train young people in Catering, Hospitality, Customer Services and Business Management along with providing them will formal qualification in such. They will leave the project motivated and inspired for (self) employment and equipped with the right skills to achieve. This funding will allow us to employ a training coordinator / assessor to work with and support our trainees / volunteers achieve a NVQ type qualification in either Hospitality and Catering, Business Management or Customer Services.

The training coordinator will also be tasked with developing the training part of the enterprise into a financially self-sustaining income stream, via national training funds, therefore ensuring it continues after the life of the funding.

The young people will also receive support and coaching in searching and applying for employment. All of their training, transport and PPE costs will be funded from the project. The project will support 30 young people over the first year in tranches of 10 (ie 3 x groups of 10 young people). They will initially receive 6 months of intensive work based vocational training in our training bistro, called One77.

Our previous experience with the client group informs us that initially work will need to be done on motivating them and preparing them for work. This will take the form of a week long induction which will be stimulating and fun so that they young people, some of which may have never had a job, are excited at the prospect of work.

In order to remove all possible barriers to participating, we will provide all trainees with a set of uniforms and personal protective equipment (PPE). Furthermore, they will be issued with a weekly bus pass. This not only removes the barrier but acts as an incentive as they will be able to travel around the locality free of charge, outside of their working hours.

Towards the end of the 6 months, trainees will be given dedicated support in seeking employment including providing them with a reference (something that many just never have).

The project will solely be located within the Borough of Hartlepool. Hartlepool is rated the 18th highest locality in the English Indices of Deprivation 2010 (Department of Communities and Local Government).

Youth unemployment in Hartlepool is high. In fact, In 2014 the Office of National Statistics issued a report that highlighted Hartlepool as having the highest unemployment rates for young people who are not in full-time education across England and Wales. At the last count (April 2015), there were 455 young people, aged between 18-24, who were unemployed. Source: ONS

Families First North East

The young people we support come from all walks of life we see a remarkable changes in their confidence over the six months. To date, we have engaged with over 150 young people under the age of 25. 126 of these have moved on to either further training or employment.

Location: Hartlepool