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Invest in Youth- Lancashire

Are you 15-24 and out of work?

If you're not in education, employment or training, we can help

It can feel stressful, confusing and overwhelming trying to get a job or continue your education. Sometimes you just don’t know where to start. Based on your individual needs, we can help you.

Under the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme, we offer free one-to-one support to help you gain confidence and find your direction.

How we can help you

One of our friendly keyworkers will get in touch to carry out an initial assessment of your interests and any problems you face around going into employment or further learning. This will help us to understand your situation. Together we will come up with a personalised action plan, to help you progress towards your goal at your own pace.

We can help you:

  • gain new skills to boost your confidence, and find your direction
  • tackle barriers such as finances, helping you to save money or get access to benefits
  • find specialist help for any wellbeing or mental health issues
  • write a CV and help you search and apply for jobs or training courses
  • prepare for interviews, even making sure you have suitable clothing and shoes, so that you make a great impression.

Our keyworker will continue to meet and support you throughout the programme. And don’t forget – it’s all free and does not affect your rights to benefits.

Success stories

Cameron, Preston

Cameron from Preston left school with few qualifications, without progressing to college. As an 18-year-old, Cameron had little motivation and suffered low confidence. Under the ‘Invest in Youth’ programme we offered him one-to-one support. We helped Cameron restructure his CV to land a retail role, liaised with his job coach at the Job Centre, and helped him prepare for job interviews, even providing him with smart shoes for the interview. Now Cameron is employed at Marks and Spencer and is thankful for the support he received which helped him to land his new job! 

Robert, Blackburn

Robert from Blackburn had never worked. As an 21 year-old, Robert thought that he had no employability skills, as he had poor qualifications, no CV and had never attended an interview before.

We met with Robert to find out his interests and what transferable skills he had. Together we carried out a job goal review and found Robert had enjoyed a hands-on role in construction during a period of work experience at school. We helped Robert create a CV and coached him on how to succeed in interviews. Before long, Robert secured a full time, permanent role as a General Operative with a local self-employed builder. He said: “I’m really happy with the progress that I’ve made and am grateful for the support in helping me improve my confidence”.


What some of the people we helped had to say

“I’m really glad the team have supported me by giving me a tablet and keyboard, this means that I can do the college course that I want to do to move into the career that I want.”


“I’ve been unable to work on my art since my old tablet became damaged, which has had an impact on my motivation and wellbeing during this lockdown. Having this new tablet means that I can pursue my passion again which means so much to me.”


How to get in touch

If you would like to know more about the ‘Invest in Youth’ project or would like to self-refer for help, there are many ways you can get in touch with us.

Find out more about the Invest In Youth programme

Need help?
Age range 15-24

Project and Funders

Building Better Opportunities (BBO) is a nationwide programme in which The National Lottery Community Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. BBO projects are being delivered in Lancashire by a partnership of 45 social enterprise and community organisations, led by Selnet (the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network).

The Invest in Youth Project aims to transform the futures of young people aged between 15 and 24 who would like to work but are unable to without additional skills or support. Through this project we work with young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), including young people at risk of becoming NEET.

Our partnership’s most recent quarterly results show that Invest in Youth has already supported 1100 young participants who have multiple and complex barriers to work. As a direct result of the support received from this project, 290 have overcome the challenges they were facing and are now employed, self-employed, in education or in training.

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