Meet the Grantees
15billionep is a charity committed to ‘transforming young futures’ through promoting social mobility and raising aspirations among young people. They work closely with employers, local authorities, European agencies and education institutes to understand the labour market and prepare young people for today’s workplace, boosting their job prospects and the calibre of candidates available to potential employers.
Using their grant funding, 15billionebp will provide a range of support to 90 young people at local secondary schools to reduce the number of school exclusions. Each school within the London Borough of Newham will identify a cohort of young people using the Risk of NEET Indicator (RONI) system and school knowledge of the individuals. The project will be delivered to young people from BAME/socio-economically disadvantaged communities who will be enrolled on the project for two years.
AELP is a national membership organisation that represents the interests of organisations that deliver apprenticeships, employability support and vocational learning. Their main purpose is to lobby for government funded skills and employment programmes that increase workforce productivity and improve social mobility.
This grant will support the organisation in moving its activities online to support member engagement and knowledge of policies, and programmes to address youth unemployment.
CatZero is a youth development charity helping young people that are that are not in employment, education and training (NEET) across the Humber region to overcome personal challenges and lead positive lives. CatZero aims to increase the confidence and self-esteem of young people by challenging them to complete a 12 week programme focused on vocational and adventure-based activities.
With their funding, Catzero will work with 50 young people NEET or at-risk of being NEET, delivering personalised programmes, which will result in 40% achieving EET outcomes. This includes the opportunity for young people to sail the charity’s challenge-class yacht, an intense teambuilding and learning experience before progressing to the move on process, facilitating entry into training and employment.
Cumbria Youth Alliance
Cumbria Youth Alliance provides infrastructure support for organisations working with children, young people and families. They provide direct support in a variety of settings, schools, alternative provision, youth and community settings.
The funding they have received will enable Cumbria Youth Alliance support 150 young people to help them work towards achieving their career aspirations through a programme of employability support activities, including individual tailored plans. Further, access to specialist support around mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, increasing soft skills and vocational training will form part of the overall delivery package.
The Skillsbuilder Partnership
The Skillsbuilder Partnership is a not-for-profit company set up by a team of teachers which aims to equip young people with the skills, aspirations and experiences they need to succeed in life through programmes to help teachers.
This grant will be targeted at building employability skills among young people in SEND provision and young people supported by employability organisations. It is focused on those who are NEET, or at risk of NEET and young people from BAME communities. This will see the creation of two collaborative networks – one focused on SEND organisations and one on Careers and Employability organisations. Each collaborative network will bring together over 20 youth-impact organisations within that specialism and support them to work together to create assessment tools, training resources and learning aids.
ERSA is the membership body for all organisations delivering, or with an interest in, employment support services. ERSA’s membership includes large providers, members of supply chains, smaller organisations, private and third sector, youth organisations, local authorities, housing providers, general and specialist providers.
Funding will support activities to improve the sector’s understanding, readiness and ability to develop employment sector’ responses to new DWP programmes to tackle youth unemployment.
HCVS (Hackney Community and Voluntary Sector) is a voluntary and community sector support agency, and a local community and voluntary sector service. They provide local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations with the key skills training, information, and resources so they can continue with their work supporting local people.
With their network comprising over 50 organisations (primarily BAME led) which aim to develop and improve employability pathways for young people this grant will support its development. It will also help provide mentoring for the core team to develop effective solutions and monitoring systems to track the engagement of youth focused community and employment groups working with BAME 14-24 year-olds to create EET pathways.
Making the Leap
Making the Leap is a London-based social justice charity that improves social mobility by raising the aspirations of, and increasing opportunities for, young people between the ages of 11 and 25.
The funding will support their ‘Career Ahead’ project. This project will offer weekly employability sessions to small groups of year 11 students in secondary schools and/or alternate provision within local authority pupil referral units to develop soft skills and readiness for employment with 100 students being supported overall.
Money4YOU is a charity that aims to tackle inequality by supporting individuals and organisations to be confident in their financial management and helps educate on the topic of enterprise. They offer a range of activities, including financial literacy and entrepreneurship workshops for children and young people.
This grant will support the BAMER HUB which is free to BAMER led UK charities and social enterprises. This online platform provides members access to capacity building support including workshops, tools, income generation/resilience support, networking, funding opportunities and support.
National Youth Agency
National Youth Agency is a national body for youth work which encourages young people to build self-confidence and develop skills for life. Their scope of work includes, creating opportunities for young people; developing a skilled and effective youth sector workforce and influencing policy.
This grant is targeted to support 80 organisations (62% of members) identified as working with young people to support their education and employability options.
Newcastle United Foundation
Newcastle United Foundation uses football to motivate and inspire people to be more active, learn new skills, be more employable and to reach their potential. They coach, mentor, educate and provide opportunities to a variety of communities across the North East.
With their funding, Newcastle United Foundation will be offering a range of activities using sport to support and engage young people aged 16-24. This programme of activities includes small group work, employability skills workshops, residentials and qualifications as well as mentoring.
PLIAS Resettlement is a not-for-profit organisation that reduces re-offending by providing support, advice and guidance to people with criminal convictions, focusing on the communities of North and West London.
Their grant will fund a programme which supports 120 young people aged 16-24 in Brent and Harrow who are unemployed/NEET and involved in or on the cusp of the criminal justice system. 65-70% participants will be from BAME communities. They will be provided with an average of 6-9 months of weekly case management support, with at least 3 months (and up to 12 months) of weekly mentoring, support with training, IAG support and job-focused qualifications.
North East Autism Society
North East Autism Society provides specialist support services to neurodiverse people, helping enhance their skills and strengths to enable them to flourish independently. They offer a variety of services, including family and residential care, resources and training for professionals.
With their funding, North East Autism will support 195 young people aged 16-19 in Tyne and Wear with autism or other neurodiverse condition. They will run intensive one-to-one and small group support sessions on a weekly basis.
Sport 4 Life UK
Sport 4 Life works with young people aged 11-29 to support them into sustained education, employment and training through their sports programmes, mentoring and structured group-based training activities.
Using their funding, Sport 4 Life will help 910 young people aged 14-24 who are NEET or at risk of NEET through a mentoring programme which focuses on progression into work. The programme will engage them though sport whilst improving life skills and employability skills. As well as this, partner organisations and employers will support the young people through mock interviews and employability workshops.
St Giles Trust
St Giles Trust is a charity that provides specialist support for vulnerable individuals and communities, enabling them to overcome the adversity they face.
Grant funding will help run a programme which aims to support young people age 16-24 at risk of, or with experience of, the criminal justice system to overcome disadvantages in accessing education, skills development and employment. Intensive one to one casework support will be delivered on a weekly/fortnightly basis with 150 young people per year being supported of which 70% are from BAME communities.
The Amber Foundation
The Amber Foundation is an independent charity that supports homeless and unemployed young people. Amber provides a temporary, safe place to live with up to 90 other young people at one of three residential centres in Surrey, Wiltshire and Devon. There provide a mix of support, structure, new experiences and training that builds their motivation, confidence, self-discipline and skills.
With their grant funding, Amber will work with young people to explore how their work can encourage positive changes to young people’s lives. They will embed a new data system that will enhance their referral process, improve casework management and help measure and evaluate the outcomes that young people achieve.
The Centre for Youth Impact
The Centre for Youth Impact brings together practitioners, funders and policy makers to improve services and support for young people across the UK. They offer a range of support services, including training and coaching, resources and information, and facilitate a place to debate change.
The grant will be used to co-develop guidance, tools and resources and to deliver training that is responsive to local needs, with a specific focus on developing young people’s life skills for employability. The funding will also support licences for online meeting software for its nine Regional Networks, which are digitally disadvantaged and have not been able to benefit from the increased delivery of virtual training, and online meetings to share and reflect on practice.
The Diana Award
The Diana Award is a charity set-up in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales. The charity continues Diana’s legacy by awarding young people for their positive contributions to society, humanitarian or activist work.
The grant will be used to enhance The Diana Award’s Mentoring and Development programme; it will fund the development and delivery of their 15-18 year-olds age group programme, working with at risk NEETs in Birmingham, Leeds and London. The programme consists of a 12-month experience made up of an initial 12 week programme of support, ordinarily in a school setting, with additional support from a mentor. This is followed by nine months of further mentoring support, a week’s work experience, and the opportunity to join ‘career lounges’ where the young people can engage with a range of employers.
The Traveller Movement
The Traveller Movement is a national community charity promoting inclusion and community engagement with Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. The Traveller Movement seeks to empower and support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to advocate for the full implementation of their human rights.
With their grant, the core team plans to develop a youth employment strategy in response to the increased need to tackle high unemployment rates among Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people and help communities to adapt to opportunities in potential employment sectors and engage with local and regional stakeholders to improve engagement and outcomes in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller employment.
UK Youth is a charity that exists to ensure all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered at every stage of their lives. They work with others to ensure that the youth sector is strengthened, supported, and that provision is youth-led, evidence-informed and delivers high-quality outcomes.
This grant will fund online engagement, toolkits, and activities for member organisations to deliver targeted education, training and employability support to young people residing in the 10% of most deprived households in England.
UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation with a mission to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
With the funding, 400 young people aged 18-25 will be supported by the existing ‘Fastlaners’ programme through an online programme. Young people will benefit from connecting with a trained business mentor to strengthen their competitiveness in the labour market. Specifically, the project will address inequalities exacerbated as a result of COVID-19. The target cohort are BAME and white disadvantaged young people.
Volunteer It Yourself combines DIY and volunteering by challenging young people aged 14-24 to help repair and refurbish youth and community facilities, whilst learning vocational trade skills on the job. They also deliver ‘early intervention’ construction sector employability skills and careers training for 10-14 year-olds in schools.
The funding will help 500 young people aged 14-24 on a programme which incorporates work experience on construction sites, careers and taster sessions leading to an Entry Level 3 employability qualification and to further education and employment opportunities. The programme usually lasts three to six months, in which young people gain hands-on site work experience on local community projects, can gain City & Guilds accreditations and have careers sessions and employability workshops with sector relevant employers. 18% of participants will achieve an education, training and/or employment progression within three months of completing their VIY experience.
Youth Access is an advice and counselling network which believes every young person has a right to access free, high quality advice and counselling. They promote the Youth Access YIACS (Youth Information, Advice and Counselling) model as part of local services for young people.
This grant will fund Youth Access’s education and training programme supporting vulnerable young people. Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, Youth Access is planning to respond to a shift in demand for increased online services offering advice and information centred on employment, skills training, self-employment.
The Football League
The English Football League runs a variety of community initiatives focusing on raising people’s aspirations and quality of life. Their work spans several areas, including: education and employability, health and wellbeing, participation and community engagement.
Using their funding, The Football League will develop their ‘Training Ground’ project, a multi-region employability programme for 50 vulnerable NEET 18-24 year-olds each year, delivered via Club Community Organisations. They will each provide a tailored 20 hr per week 6-month programme to move participants closer towards and 30% into employment.