United Futures scheme celebrates helping more than 100 young Plymouth people boost their job chances
A SCHEME set up to boost the job chances of young people has celebrated helping more than 100 youngsters since just last year.
United Futures was established to bring youth organisations and businesses together to develop initiatives to support young people.
In Plymouth this has included providing access to training, mentoring, work experience and the donation of resources.
Since last year more than 100 young people and youth workers from Plymouth YMCA, Routeways,Young Devon and The Zone have benefited from taking part in the scheme and receiving knowledge and support from business volunteers.
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United Futures is led by a group of national charities including Business in the Community, National Children's Bureau and UK Youth.
It invited Plymouth's Lord Mayor Cllr Michael Wright and key city employers – including Royal Mail, Ginsters, Amey, Kier and Independent Utilities – to a celebratory event at the YMCA Outreach Centre, in Honicknowle, to mark the success of the scheme in raising the aspirations of youngsters.
During the celebration event there were presentations from business representatives and young people, giving details of their experiences during the past year.
"Being in the position to help young people into work and support them with their career development has been an exciting and rewarding challenge", said Sue Higson, Royal Mail unit manager at Plymouth's manual data entry centre in Pennycomequick.
Lee Anderson, aged 18, who spent time with the company, said: "My time at Royal Mail has been a good experience.
"I've learnt many different things while also getting back into a working routine.
"I now look forward to coming into work and continuing what I have learnt."
Mark Duddridge, managing director of Ginsters, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the lives, skills and ambitions of local young people."