New West Lindsey scheme aims to get young people into employment


An innovative scheme to increase youth employment opportunities across the West Lindsey area of Lincolnshire will be launched this month.

Social Housing provider Acis has received almost £400,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, to lead a four-year Youth and Employer Support programme in partnership with the towns Voluntary Centre Services.

The roll-out of the programme is expected to start in July and will support local employers and help get young people into employment.

West Lindsey District Council and the West Lindsey Employment Skills Partnership, helped support the bid for funding, for the district-wide scheme.

Amanda Bouttell, Senior Projects and Growth Officer at the Council, said: “We are thrilled that Acis has secured the funding for the project which will eventually be rolled out across the whole district.

“The Council and the Skills Partnership supported the funding bid, which builds on the success of the 5 year Talent Match scheme that ended in December 2018 and proved beneficial to young people within the area. One of the priorities of the Council is to increase education, employment and training opportunities and this programme will ensure there is an offer for the future.  The project is expected to benefit around 200 young people and 100 employers.”

Youth unemployment within Gainsborough is exceptionally high with almost two thirds of the district’s total unemployed young people aged 18-24 living in the town.  Residents aged 16-30 will be able to receive free employability and lifestyle support as they search to find suitable, sustainable employment, while local employers will have access to a dedicated resource, making it easier to recruit skilled people in the area.

Hannah Taylor-Dales, Service Development Manager for Acis said: “We are delighted to have received this grant and can’t wait to start increasing opportunities for local young people through employment, training and skills development.

“It’s also a great chance for local employers to really understand the benefits of employing young people. We can work with them on a one to one basis to support them in providing opportunities for young people, not just their initial recruitment but also to sustain their long term employment.”

Ben Barley, Chief Executive at Voluntary Centre Services said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to build upon existing provision for young people in West Lindsey and opening up new opportunities, whilst helping young people overcome barriers and challenges in finding employment”.