Funds boost for Sheffield’s unemployed youth

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More than 1,000 Sheffield youngsters are set to benefit from a new £3 million fund to tackle youth unemployment.

Disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 17 will be able to participate in the Futureshapers programme, which will help them move successfully into the world of adulthood and employment.

We want all children, young people and families in Sheffield to achieve their full potential so I am delighted that Sheffield Futures are securing this fantastic investment in young people in our city from the Youth Engagement Fund.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for young people

The government funding for the programme has been won by Sheffield Futures, which will run the scheme with support from the council, Cabinet Office, Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice.

Gail Gibbons, CEO of Sheffield Futures, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Sheffield.

“Many of our young people need extra support to help them achieve their full potential and to successfully move into the world of work.

“Futureshapers offers a bespoke package for each young person on the programme and it will help to build a skilled and equipped workforce for the future.”

The project will run for three years and will aim to help local young people by building their skills and confidence, supporting their academic achievement, and helping them develop new skills to give them the best chance to gain long-term employment.

Futureshapers will work in close partnership with schools, colleges and other young people’s services to make sure it is a real success for the youngsters.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for young people, said: “We want all children, young people and families in Sheffield to achieve their full potential so I am delighted that Sheffield Futures are securing this fantastic investment in young people in our city from the Youth Engagement Fund.

“The Futureshapers Project will support young people whether it’s through school, college or learning new skills to help them get jobs or apprenticeships.

“This creative investment model is a great example of partnership working at its best - bringing new money into the city and changing lives.

“We look forward to seeing how the young people thrive.”