An innovative new programme will help vulnerable young people break the cycle of re-offending and get into work, with the help of The Big Issue’s lending and support scheme.
The Skill Mill is running an intensive project that will employ 224 young people for six months each, helping them gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as work experience, a wage and support to move into further employment or training.
Young people with convictions or involvement in anti-social behaviour from across seven local authorities will be offered a six-month job with in-built support designed to address the challenges they face and prepare them for a successful future away from the criminal justice system.
The jobs on offer are mostly in construction and environmental maintenance – shown to boost mental and physical wellbeing through lots of time spent outdoors.
In 2013 The Skill Mill was launched to directly employ young people between 16 and 18 who have convictions and reduce reoffending while boosting employability and education levels for the vulnerable youngsters to increase their future opportunities.
The participants also earn a Level 2 AQA qualification in employability skills.