These young people are faced with additional barriers including poor transport, lack of services and few job opportunities. The Works! programme is embedded in the heart of the community and coordinates closely with local employers to equip young people with the skills and experience they want to bring into their business.
Works! empowers the young people to build their self-confidence and motivation to get and keep a job and become active and valuable members of the community.
By acting as a community hub for jobs, the Works! programme opens up new employment opportunities in rural areas by providing job matching for young people and local employer networks.
Over 10 weeks, Works! delivers a mix of group activities, one-to-one mentoring, skills and personal development training. The emphasis is on personalised planning so that participants move into the job or training programme that is right for them.
Once participants get a job, we continue to support them and their employers for at least a year to ensure that success is long term.