Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s new Youth, community and Employability Hub has successfully provided 193 young people with vital employability skills in March 2021.
The Youth Hub was launched in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with the aim to help improve employment outcomes and prospects for unemployed individuals and groups who face complex barriers to work. The Youth Hub at the AESSEAL New York stadium was created as part of the UK Government’s 2021 £30bn plan for jobs.
RUCST’s Youth and Employability Hub has helped to secure a huge total of 54 new jobs for local young people. We have also successfully delivered 193 action plans that have enabled young people aged 19-24 to create a clear career plan, giving them motivation to find a way forward.
These action plans were produced specifically to the needs of each young person, taking into consideration their health and wellbeing, transport access and any potential financial issues that they may face.
Support from RUCST’s Youth Hub included help with writing CV’s, practice mock interviews, referrals for courses, voluntary work, referrals to business start-ups and apprenticeships (including Kickstart). RUCST also sent out a fortnightly newsletter to 264 young people to provide them up to date information with the provision and opportunities that were available for them to access through the DWP. RUCST also assisted young people to access other local providers in Rotherham.
The DWP has stated that they have been incredibly pleased with the achievements of the Youth Hub in Rotherham, and are sharing this good practice with other hubs in Doncaster and Sheffield.
RUCST’s Employability officer Sandra Greatorex said: “In the last 3 months we have been extremely busy contacting young people that needed help and support to get into employment. Each individual was a pleasure to work with, and we had brilliant experiences with finding out about their amazing aspirations for their future. We’ve worked hard to support these local young people, and it is extremely rewarding when we find out they’ve been successful and got a job”.
This brilliant work will be continued, as RUCST will be launching ‘Career One Stop’ in May, where local young people can meet up and obtain further support from different local providers to help them to progress into employment.