The New Horizon Youth Centre Education, Employment and Training (EET) programme has won the 2019 London Youth Award for Employability.
The EET programme is key to New Horizon's wider lifeskills programme, providing opportunities for some of the most vulnerable young people to build their confidence. Starting with personal skills, young people improve their confidence, emotional capabilities and self-esteem through the project.
The programme enables the most disadvantaged members of our society to obtain vocational qualifications, gain practical work experience, and develop their personal and social skills, empowering them to enter confidently into an increasingly competitive workforce. Between 2018-2019, we have delivered over 1400 employability sessions to around 300 young people, and there are additional literacy, numeracy and ESOL sessions at our weekend provision. We have partnered with many external organisations to enhance and further diversify our employability offer.
Photo by London Youth.
The young people we support experience high levels of unemployment, as well as a host of other issues, including substance misuse. The programme also benefits young people impacted by serious youth violence or with offending histories, who routinely have suffered interruption to their education, and now find their criminal record to be an additional barrier to progression. We support young refugees, asylum seekers and other non-UK Nationals who often feel isolated and lack the confidence to seek employment or training.
We aim to give potential a home by nurturing young people’s aspirations and help them make lasting positive changes. Removing the barriers to access education, training, apprenticeships, volunteering and employment provides young people with the opportunities to move away from homelessness and build a sustainable future.
Emma and Janet attended the awards ceremony on behalf of the EET team.
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