Milestone for scheme to help city youngsters

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SHEFFIELD’S City Stewardship programme which provides training for jobless youths has marked a milestone – having helped more than 2,000 people since its launch in 1999.

The project, run by Sheffield Council, Sheffield Homes and contractor Kier, is also celebrating ‘outstanding’ results for 2012, with almost 
86 per cent of the 250 students passing courses they were entered onto.

Under City Stewardship, learners between the ages of 16 and 18 enjoy ‘on the job’ work experience opportunities while developing their skills and gaining accredited qualifications in a range of subjects including maths, English and information technology.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: “I’m pleased this scheme has been such a success.

“It’s so important, and even more so in the current economic climate, that we make sure young people in Sheffield have the opportunities they need.”

The City Stewardship programme has won a number of awards including Overall Winner at the national CIPD People Management Awards 2008, plus several local and regional honours.