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Barnet Council's Platforms Project celebrates successful first year
An “impressive” scheme which helps young people find work is celebrating a successful first year.
Barnet Council’s Platforms Programme has helped hundreds of people gain the skills and opportunities they need to help them find their first job.
The borough council launched the £1million project in June 2012, piloting a series of training initiatives for 16 to 24-year-olds.
It is also aimed at helping businesses by providing incentives to take on young people through apprenticeship and internship placements.
Young people who have taken part in the programme were congratulated by Councillor Reuben Thompstone, who is responsible for education, children and families, at a special event.
He said: “I’ve been impressed by the number of positive stories I’ve heard from young people and employers in the borough who’ve told me how much knowledge, confidence and experience they’ve gained through the support they’ve received from us.
“If we can help our young people find a way into the job market during these challenging times I’ll feel like we’ve achieved what we set out to do.”
More than 350 young people have been engaged in the programme, with 225 young people actively taking part on projects.
Additional support has been provided for young people with special educational needs, and for young people who face a serious barrier getting employment.
Since the programme was launched, the amount of 18 to 24-year-old jobseekers has fallen by 1.1 per cent.
Twenty-one young people have started apprenticeship schemes, with 40 taking on internships and a further 25 who began volunteering after the course.
Speaking about the project, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “I congratulate those involved in delivering Barnet’s Platforms Programme.
“It's no secret that work experience can be the key that opens the door to a successful career and more young Londoners need to be given the opportunity to do it. We need to do all we can to ensure that all young people get the skills they need to succeed."
For more information on how to get involved, visit www.barnet.gov.uk/platforms
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