A group of young learners have taken their first steps towards new careers after completing the council's Works4u study programme, with spaces now available to enrol on for September.
Study programmes are open to all young people aged 16-18 who are not in education, employment or training. They are free courses that can help improve skills, qualifications and confidence so young people can get a job, apprenticeship or place at college. Study programmes are a great way to start to build a young person's skills, especially if they have left school with no, or few, qualifications.
The programme is currently taught at the council's adult learning centre in Cottingham and may also be provided in Goole this year. It provide qualifications including the City & Guilds Employability Certificate and in some cases Functional Skills maths and English.
In total, the work of 15 learners was recognised and celebrated at a ceremony at Cottingham Civic Hall, which was witnessed by their parents and carers.
The event also included the first What Next careers fair, with East Riding College, Hull College, the Armed Forces, United Living, Mind and the National Careers Service offering those in attendance advice on what they might like to do now they have completed their studies.
Jackie Langley, operations and funding manager of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Employment, Education and Skills Team, said: "Works4u is aimed at young learners who are not in full-time employment or education. It helps young people build up their self-esteem and confidence as well as identifying a career path to work towards. Places are available for September and we are recruiting learners now."
Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and planning delivery, who presented the learners with their certificates, said: "It was a real privilege to meet with such an enthusiastic group of young people and to present them with their certificates. The day was a fitting tribute to their hard work and dedication.
"The aim of the Works4u programme is to support our young people in gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain employment in their chosen field."
For more information about the Works4u study programme, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/employment-education-and-skills/help-with-finding-work/16-18-year-old-study-programmes/
Photo (Front - left to right) Amy Rigg, Kris Crompton, Holly North, Callum Wilson and Carly Floyd (Back) Works4u tutors Eli Byass and Aiden ONeill with Works4u lead tutor Shaun Brooks