A project that helped more than 400 15-30 year olds in West Norfolk to gain skills, knowledge, and advice is continuing.
Boost was initially funded until March, but King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council is giving it nearly £150,000 from Government money to support levelling up, so it can continue.
The project help young people living, working, and studying in King’s Lynn to improve their skills or learn new ones so they can find new work, learning, and volunteering opportunities.
Since starting, 400 people have registered with it, and three-quarters have them have have entered an activity, employability support, training, or started new jobs.
This includes 131 who were unemployed. Of those, 40 of these have been assessed as job ready, with 35 now in work, and others volunteering or completed work experience.
The Boost team works with young people aged 16-18 at risk of NEET (not in education, employment or training) and social isolation, young people aged 18-24 who are unemployed, and those in employment from age 18-30 that are in low-skilled and unskilled roles. A priority for the team is helping young people to overcome the barriers that may be standing in their way.
Louisa Kiddell, Skills Partnership Project Manager from Norfolk County Council – which is delivering the project – said: “It has been fantastic to see the young people who we have been working with gain the skills and confidence that allows them to move on to employment or education or other fulfilling activities that make a difference in their lives.
“We know from working with the young people that there are some challenges that they face in getting the skills and employment they want, for example, around mental health. We have also been supporting young people who have a disability declared to access the opportunities they want.
“What has been key for us has been understanding what the young people need, offering the right support, and working closely with the participants so that they can achieve the goals they set out for themselves.”
Terry Parish, the leader of the borough council, said: “We have already seen the difference that the Boost project has made for young people in King’s Lynn, and it’s great that the project will be extended throughout West Norfolk into 2025.
“It means that the project can work with young people across the whole district, including assisting unemployed people up to the age of 30 with employability support and connect them with employers.