Spaces available at 'Progress' stakeholder event to engage employers with youth employment initiative

Thursday 7th of September 2017 01:51 PM

Progressive initiative information for employers

Coventry and Warwickshire employers and stakeholders are being invited to an event to learn more about how they can get involved with 'Progress', a youth employment initiative aimed at 15-24-year-olds.

When: Wednesday 18 October

Where: Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1JD

Time: 2pm–5pm

The event will engage attendees by inviting them to experience first-hand some of the activities that young people have been doing to better their chances of finding employment, as well as meeting some of the young people who are enrolled in the programme and programme partners. 

As well as the interactive sessions, the event will also be 'storyboarded' by a local graffiti artist and attendees will be urged to make a pledge about how they will help to inspire or help local young people to achieve.

Progress, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, works with some of the most marginalised NEET (not in education, employment or training) 15-24-year-olds across Coventry and Warwickshire who are the furthest away from getting into work. It’s been led by community charity, Groundwork UK alongside a partnership of leading youth charities and local partners specialising in engaging young people.

The programme offers tailored one-to-one support and group work to increase the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of those enrolled, boosting social and personal skills as well as employability.

Charlie, a young person who is enrolled on the programme said: "If it wasn’t for Progress building my confidence and motivation I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply for the job I’m in now. I would recommend Progress to any young person that needs help finding their goal in life."

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork, said: "This event has been designed to both showcase the success of Progress so far and to engage local employers and stakeholders with how they can make a difference to local young people.

"The vision and passion that young people bring to the table can help to inspire companies to embrace new ideas and technologies and help make positive future-proof changes. We look forward to seeing everyone at the event that aims to be a huge success and ultimately help local young people to achieve their life goals." 

For any local employers or stakeholders interested in joining the event, please register your interest here: or contact