Who we are funded by
This activity is part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative. It is also part financed by This-Ability on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund.
HLC have held this contract since April 2016, and following a 4-year extension, this will run until July 2022.
What is YEI Springboard?
Springboard YEI is a youth employment partnership project which aims to help 16-29 year olds access learning or work through specialist support and training.
Springboard YEI provides progression pathways to apprenticeships, study programmes and traineeship programmes, as well as work and self-employment.
Who is YEI Springboard for?
16 to 29 year olds, who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in Hull.
There are currently 7 partners that make up the Springboard YEI project which can provide one-to-one mentoring and dedicated keyworker support. Also available is:
- Mental health and anxiety support
- Employability skills
- CV writing and job search
- Personal and social development
- Maths and English
- Enterprise skills and self-employment support
- Paid work experience including tasters in media, digital, creative and hospitality sector.
“The staff have all been encouraging, respectful and helpful in any situation”
Kieren lives with Asperger Syndrome, and had lost confidence in dealing with social situations and become isolated. When Kieren approached DO IT, he wanted to work on his personal and social development. He also wanted to gain experience in illustration, his passion, to compliment his previous study.
Alongside giving him one-to-one support, we encouraged Kieren to start making art again. As he became more comfortable, Kieren began to engage with group activities and workshops. Within his first month with us, Kieren helped work on re-branding the Goodwin’s community café. This was not only great for his confidence but also helped him build his portfolio up.
Fostering Kieren’s talent, much of his work was displayed as part of a six-week exhibition at the Queen’s House Showcase. Making his own connections, he was invited to run his own workshops which he led with enthusiasm and high aptitude. Furthermore, he also gained his first commission for artwork used by the University. Kieran has also seized the opportunity to take on a placement at West Hull FM, which he will complete alongside his progression into further study.
“Thank you all for a great experience and I recommend to all who need help with socialising ,education or employment”
Emalie suffered from depression and anxiety following a difficult relationship breakdown. Also having Asperger Syndrome, her confidence was low and so she approached DO IT to improve her mental health. With a passion for animals, Emalie took a six-week placement at Oakwood Dog Rescue where she continues to volunteer as she enjoyed it so much.
During Emalie’s time on the project, she made friends and her confidence increased dramatically. She conducted market research for Parade ’94 café, presented her findings to the Trustees and served food for customers once it opened. These were all big steps for Emalie, and it was great to see her challenge her barriers to progression.
Since finding a purpose and a new career to focus on, Emalie’s mental health has improved considerably. The work she has done in the community whilst on the project led her to be one of the members who accepted an award for Outstanding Community Support in the Create to Change Awards Evening back in June.
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