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Helping young people take positive next steps

Posted by on 15 June 2020 | Comments

A new online service has been launched in East Suffolk, helping young people to find employment.

The East Suffolk Youth Employment Service (YES) has been designed to help people from any background who may be struggling to find or apply for jobs, courses and training. The service is aimed specifically at 16 to 24 year olds.

Funded by East Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Public Sector Leaders and the former East Suffolk Partnership, YES is delivered by Inspire Suffolk with the support of Access Community Trust.

The YES programme was originally designed to be provided through hubs in Lowestoft, Leiston, Saxmundham and Felixstowe however the Covid-19 restrictions have meant the service is now being provided online. To support this, a new website (www.yessuffolk.co.uk) has been launched.

Young people can visit the website to view current job opportunities, find training programmes, and other support information and advice. Referrals can also be made by community groups. Young people will be allocated an employment coach to support them into appropriate work, education or training. Wellbeing services are also available, provided by Inspire Suffolk.

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development said: “We are committed to supporting local young people and with the current restrictions in place, it was essential that this service continued to be available, albeit in a different way.

“Finding and applying for jobs can be a difficult process under normal circumstances, let alone during these uncertain times. This new service will guide and support local young people towards new opportunities, boosting their confidence and enabling them to take their next steps.”

Garry Mills, Education Programmes Manager at Inspire Suffolk said: “With the new website and booking system now in place, we have ensured the excellent work our employment coaches do can still be received by all young people along the East Coast, regardless of the restrictions in place. This comes at a time when young people need support more than ever. I am very pleased that we have been able to find innovative ways to ensure they still have the opportunities they deserve, so they can move onto positive next steps, such as employment, training or education.”

You can also follow YES on Twitter and at Facebook.