• Run by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with local authorities, the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System, Essex Crime and Police Commissioner's Office, housing associations and voluntary organisations.
  • Aiming to support young people’s employment opportunities in Mid and South Essex.
  • Will involve the development of a Youth Partnership to scale up activity to help improve pre-employment opportunities for young people, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Running from March to September 2022.

There are various areas of Mid and South Essex where there are particular challenges for young people, including an increase in looked after children, high numbers of children from low-income families, and high rates of young people not sustaining education, employment or training.

This project led by Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust will involve mapping the range of pre-employment support for vulnerable young people and young adults in the area, and then developing tools and resources that anchor organisations can use to help them understand and organise pre-employment support for these groups of young people.

There is already work ongoing in Basildon to support young people’s employment opportunities, including an A&E youth project, a learning disability internship pilot and a virtual healthcare academy for schools. This project will link and scale up these projects to reach across the Mid and South Essex area.

The project will involve developing a dedicated Youth Partnership that will build on existing projects with young people to scale the reach, develop employment pathways that build on learning and develop a young people’s pre-employment planning and maturity framework that will help all anchor organisations and their partners to develop and scale activity.

The Youth Partnership will support the development of a young people’s offer that helps those who are most at risk of being left behind, galvanises support and activity for disadvantaged children and their communities, and develops anchor participation to include beneficiaries and community organisations.

Contact information

For more information about this project, please contact Kevin Garrod, Anchor Programme Manager, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

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