New programme dedicated to helping young people launch successful careers

Young WorkPath

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A pioneering new service dedicated to helping young people secure the jobs and training opportunities of the future has been launched by the council.

Young WorkPath is the first programme of its kind in the borough. It brings together the expertise of the council’s careers service with the successful WorkPath employment brokerage team.

This innovative approach is aimed at delivering a coordinated strategy that can provide genuinely effective support directly to people aged between 16 and 24 at any stage of their journey towards employment – whether that is at school, college or as they leave education.

The priority for Young WorkPath will be those young people who are reaching or have reached the end of the normal education pathway and are in danger of not securing opportunities in education, employment or training.

While all young people will be able to access the service, specific tailored support will be given to those particularly in need of extra assistance such as the borough’s looked-after children, care leavers and those young people with education health and care plans.

As part of the service’s introduction, the council is transforming a former Santander bank branch in Watney Market into a new ‘WorkPath hub’.

While young people will be able to access Young WorkPath remotely and at a number of existing council buildings, the Watney Market hub will be the flagship facility and home to the careers team working to deliver much of the programme.

Three young people who have benefitted from the council’s existing employment support services. One of them, 27-year-old Dritan Nura, is an Associate Project Manager in the council’s business support team.

Dritan first contacted the council when he was 24, originally looking for help getting a licence to work in the security industry. But after discussions with the team of specialist advisors, his eyes were opened to other options available in the borough.

“They helped me to get a place on an apprenticeship as an associate project manager,” said Dritan. “I can honestly say the advice they gave me helped change my future. I’ve now got a great career ahead of me.

“I think Young WorkPath is a great idea, it will give the right advice to young people to help them to make better decisions at an early stage.”

Joining Dritan at the Watney Market site was 22-year-old Fabia Begum who hopes to get a full time role at one of Tower Hamlets’ primary schools thanks to the experience she is gaining on a business administration apprenticeship scheme.

“I have a lot of responsibility in my role,” said Fabia. “I do administrative work for 17 different schools that are part of the Teach East London Teaching School Alliance.

“For me, doing an apprenticeship was attractive because I knew I didn’t want to go to university but I still wanted to gain new qualifications. In my role I am able to earn a salary while also completing training at the same time.

“My experience with WorkPath was very positive. I would recommend the service to other young people who are looking to get on the career ladder.”

The Watney Market hub is expected to open to the public before the end of April but young people can already take advantage of the training and employment services on offer by registering their details with the Young WorkPath team.

They are encouraged to call 0207 364 0626, email youngworkpath@towerhamlets.gov.uk or visit the dedicated webpage for more information. 

Posted on Tuesday 20th March 2018