Young people from across Coventry celebrated their successes getting into rewarding jobs, training and educational opportunities during the first anniversary of the city’s Ambition programme.
Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, said: “Ambition has offered targeted support to our young people who are finding it hardest to get a job. This has included those facing multiple challenges such as experiencing mental ill health, being from care backgrounds, having a disability, being homeless or having a criminal conviction. The challenges faced by some of our young people are huge. And that's why this project is so important. It allows real one to one support to help smash the barriers preventing people from finding work. And what we all know is that having a job changes everything.
“Together with a wide range of local employers and charities, hundreds of young people have had the chance to get into meaningful employment and training to set them on the right track into careers that work for them. I was proud to celebrate with just a few of the many young people who have benefited from the Ambition programme."
Ambition supports 16 – 29 year olds from Coventry who are not in education, employment or training on their journey into getting a job. The programme is delivered between 17 providers from across the public, private and third sector by creating a tailored model for each young person’s circumstances.
Over 1,000 young people have engaged with Ambition since its launch last year and over 350 young people have already entered new employment, training and education opportunities.
Ramesh Pau, from R Pau & Co, said: "We were delighted to sponsor this event to celebrate the great success of the city's Ambition project. We have been impressed by the support on offer and as a result we have employed five young people into our business. It's going really well, not only is it a delight to see them thriving, we have gained committed and hard working people who we are sure will go on to achieve even more. I'd urge any local employer to get involved with this project and give a young person who's had a less than perfect start a go."
The celebration event was held at Fargo Village, in Far Gosford Street. Employers and young people that have been involved in Ambition presented about the first year of the programme and had the opportunity to network and celebrate their successes.
Ambition has been made possible thanks to the Youth Employment Initiative, which is funded through the European Social Fund. Local employers involved in the project, Just Contact, Small Fries, R Pau and Co and SCCU, all helped to make the celebration event possible.