Young People and Businesses Given Headstart To Future Success

13 January 2015

Groundwork Wakefield is helping the district’s young people into jobs and providing businesses with free support to recruit local talent.
The Headstart scheme led by Groundwork Wakefield in partnership with Wakefield Council, Job Centre Plus, Prospects, CK Careers and LEP Adult Education aims to give businesses large and small a helping hand to take on new employees from the local community and in turn help them get back into work.
Young people between the age of 18-24 years old who are looking for a job and want to brush up on their skills can sign up to the scheme to receive free training, a mentor and a guaranteed job interview which could lead to at least six months paid work.
Local employers who are interested in growing their business and increasing their workforce can benefit from the scheme too. Expert advisors can select and recruit talented young people who can step into a job immediately and support a business through the whole recruitment process.
Graham Ratcliffe, Operations Director at Groundwork Wakefield said:

“This is a great scheme to help all young people to get a job.  We can offer support to help them build their skills and confidence to get a step on the ladder of work.  Local businesses can really benefit from this scheme too as we can source local talent specifically for them. Being a local business with local staff makes the local economy stronger.”
Councillor Denise Jeffery, Portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills was pleased to welcome the announcement:
“Ensuring our young people have the skills and support to help them into work is essential. This scheme is an excellent opportunity to bring together employers and local young job seekers. I would urge anyone who believes they may benefit from this to give Groundwork a call.”
Anyone interested in the scheme can contact the Skills and Training Team at Groundwork Wakefield on 01924 307222 or visit: