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Head of ESF Managing Authority visits Working Futures Youth Employment Initiative project in Liverpool

Working Futures participants with ESF visitors
Working Futures participants with ESF visitors

On 15 June 2017, the Working Futures Programme team at Greenbank College in Liverpool welcomed Dr Catherine Blair – Head of the European Social Fund (ESF) Managing Authority, and representatives from other funders and stakeholders including Liverpool City Region (LCR) Combined Authority and LCR Local Enterprise Partnership.

The visit provided an opportunity for strategic partners to witness first-hand the difference that Working Futures has made for local young people aged 16 to 29 who were not in education, employment or training.

Speaking of her participation Amanda said: “….They provide me with one to one support when I need it and have helped me to gain some confidence and try out different courses and activities.”

Emma added: “I loved the programme…it got me job ready and then I got part-time work.”

Dr Catherine Blair commented: “I was delighted to visit Greenbank College and in particular to learn how the project we support makes a real difference to young people’s lives. I heard from young people with very different backgrounds and interests, but all quoted improved confidence and feeling well-equipped and supported for the future. Many thanks for all the hard work and dedication from the Working Futures team.”

Working Futures is delivered by a partnership of 22 voluntary, community and social enterprise providers across the Liverpool City Region offering short, medium and long term support, using funding from ESF and the Youth Employment Initiative.

Since the project began in March 2016 it has helped approximately 900 young people.