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Burnley first in Lancashire to launch new employment hub for young people

Burnley has become the first place in Lancashire to rise to the challenge and launch a new employment hub for young people.

Thrive is the first face-to-face “youth hub” in the county that provides unemployed young people with tailored support to help them get into work, training or further education. It’s based the Calico Group’s offices in Croft Street and is backed by a new partnership between Burnley Council and Jobcentre Plus.

If you’re aged between 16 and 24 years old, some of the things Thrive can help you with is:

  • Employability skills
  • Confidence and resilience
  • CV writing
  • Interview preparation
  • Work experience

And much more, including access to seasonal, part-time and full time jobs as well as access to apprenticeships and kickstart opportunities.

Other partners from organisations such as The Prince’s Trust, Lancashire Women, Burnley Football Club in the Community and Burnley College will offer appointments and sessions in the hub.

Councillor Asif Raja, the council’s executive member for economy and growth, said: “Offering support to our young people to help them find training and employment is a top priority, especially given the effects of Covid on our local economy and businesses. Young people have been among the hardest hit in terms of employment prospects and Thrive will play a vital role in getting them back into work and providing a brighter future. Thrive is a key part of the council’s economic and community recovery plans agreed last year.”

How to find out more

If you are aged 16-24 and want to find out more or know someone who could benefit from using the services of Thrive, you can:

As well as helping young people themselves, Thrive knows how important it is that local businesses have a workforce that has the right skills and knowledge to help them grow, benefitting our borough as a whole. If you feel as an employer that you would like to offer a work opportunity to a young person or if you feel you could help shape the future skills provision, please contact Sam Smallridge on the above for a chat.

The name Thrive was created by a diverse range of young people who formed a youth focus panel and were involved in the design and creation of the name and brand. The theme is around there being no limits and allowing someone to thrive no matter what their circumstances.