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Ambition on the up for Coventry youngsters

Published Thursday, 14 July 2016

A new scheme to get the city’s young people into employment, education and training has now launched. 

Picture: (L-R) Hollie Gallantree - Princes Trust, Peter Brady - BAM Construction, Pooja Ahluwalia - Ambition Coach, Heather Cartledge - Princes Trust, Cllr Jim O'Boyle, Matthew Lewis - Ambition Coach and Julie Venn Morton - Coventry and Warwickshire Construction Shared Apprenticeship Scheme.

Ambition launched today (14 July) at the Coventry Transport Museum with a market place and workshops for partners to strengthen their links and work together on the best pathways for young people through their services. 
The programme is led by Coventry City Council’s employment team and 20 partners to get Coventry people aged between 16 and 29 and not in education, employment or training support in a number of areas, including: 
•           self-development and confidence building
•           careers advice
•           1-2-1 support
•           training and qualifications
•           work experience and paid placements
•           traineeships and apprenticeships
•           business start-up support
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “The Ambition project is a great initiative to help the city’s young people that need it most into the opportunities that are right for them. 
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how our partnerships lead young people into some exciting successes and watching the positive impact on their lives. We’ve got a really enthusiastic team of Ambition Coaches that will encourage and inspire our young people to reach their full potential.
The project is aiming to work with over 2400 young people to help them achieve their ambitions through partnerships with organisations that include: 
•           Coventry City Council’s Employment Team
•           Coventry and Warwickshire Shared Apprenticeship Scheme
•           Adult Education Service
•           Intensive Families Support Team
•           City College
•           Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training
•           Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust - Coventry and Rugby IAPT
•           CSW Sport
•           Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
•           Henley College Coventry
•           Highlife Centre
•           Positive Youth Foundation
•           Princes Trust
•           Prospects
•           Radio Plus
•           SCCU Ltd
•           Valley House
•           Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action  
•           WM Housing.
Ambition is a Youth Employment Initiative funded through the European Social Fund.
To find out more about the Ambition project, visit

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