A NEW scheme to help young people into work will be launched at the Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead this month.
The free, intensive four-day pre-employment course, called Fast Track, runs from September 23-26 and is for jobless 16 to 24-year-olds.
It will offer them the opportunity to learn a range of skills aimed at increasing their chances of finding a job or a route into further education.
The course runs from 10am to 4.30pm each day and those taking part can obtain three valuable qualifications – in health and safety, first-aid and IT – and there will be regular follow-up sessions to ensure they are putting their new-found expertise to the best possible use.
Fast Track, which is the first initiative of its kind to be held on Wirral, is being run by HYPE – Helping Young People Everywhere – which was set up by Matthew Houghton, from Upton, now has six centres in Wirral, each designed to help young people gain valuable work experience and qualifications with the aim of getting them into full-time work or education.
HYPE has had its own base in a unit at Pyramids Shopping Centre for the past year, from where it has been running a pioneering scheme known as Right Track, a course designed to help young people beat long-term unemployment.
The 24-week Right Track course, which is broken up into three eight-week blocks, covers topics such as mock interviews, CV building and job interviews.
Matthew explained that Fast Track, also to be held at the HYPE centre at 115a Claughton Road in the shopping centre, has been devised as a shorter, more compact version of the highly successful Right Track.
He said: “We wanted to get the same sort of information over in a more concise way in a shorter period of time, which is why we came up with the idea of Fast Track.
“This will be the first time anything like this has been done in Wirral and is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who are currently without jobs for a variety of reasons.
“They might have left school early and found difficulty in getting a job, or may have had a job and been made redundant.
“Many young people have never actually had a job and therefore don’t know how to go about applying for one, and that is where Fast Track can help them.
“It is a unique course and valuable to anyone in any line of work.”
For more details on the Fast Track course, contact the HYPE Centre at 115a Claughton Road, Birkenhead CH41 6QN.
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