Megan Crossley with residents at Mytholm Meadows on the last day of her six week internship.
YOUNG people are being giving an introduction to the world of work in a bid to tackle youth unemployment which is at an all-time high in Calderdale.
Newground Together, a charity that is driving social and environmental change, has match funded a Careers Academy run by Trinity Academy in Halifax.
The programme is linking up with local employers to provide paid internships, masterclasses and a mentoring programme to young people.
With more than one million unemployed young people aged 18-24 years in the UK and 5.6% of young people in Calderdale not in education, employment or training – the careers academy aims to increase opportunities and provide a pathway to employment.
Aimed at middle achievers, who have the potential to get a job or go to university but lack the networks or confidence to fulfil their ambitions, the academy has provided placements for 12 A-level students.
The Together Housing Group, of which Newground Together is a member, is working with five of the 12 students supported by the programme, giving them an introduction to the range of careers available at one of the country’s largest housing associations.
Megan Crossley, 17, has just completed a four week internship with Together’s supported housing team at Mytholm Meadows, an extra care housing scheme for older people in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Studying for A-levels in Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Dance at Trinity Academy in Halifax, Megan has made a real insight into working into working with older people.
Megan said: “I am really interested in working in social care in the future and this is the best placement I could have been given. I I have learned a lot about the support offered to people who live at Mytholm Meadows, and in Together’s other sheltered schemes in Calderdale.
“I have really enjoyed speaking to the older people and hearing their stories. I have discovered that I am definitely a people person. I have particular enjoyed some of the one to one work, learning about their lives and experiences.”
After completing her A-levels next year, Megan hopes to go on to university. In the future Megan hopes to work in a social care and health profession.
Together has also provided internships in other areas of the business. Lloyd’s Banking Group, Community Foundation for Calderdale and Calderdale Council have also been part of the programme and has supplied eight mentors to support young learners.
Peter Jordan, Executive Director of Newground Together, said: “This project is giving students from the Halifax area the confidence and opportunity to engage with employers and prepare for work.
“They are also supported through the programme by their mentors and attend a series of masterclasses, to help them understand working in a business environment.
“Newground Together has been delighted to fund such a rewarding project for the young people involved, and through the wider Together Housing Group, promote the employment opportunities available in a busy housing association to young people.”
Newground Together supports projects interested in improving and enhancing the environment, tackling urban & rural regeneration, providing leisure and recreation facilities in the interests of social welfare, supporting education and training and improving the life chances of young people.