Monmouthshire County Council’s Youth Enterprise is pleased to announce its relaunch as it looks to support more people to unlock their skills and career potential, and to help people facing homelessness. The team will be relaunching as the Employment & Skills team and will expand its offers in supporting people of all ages through a range of projects to cover youth homelessness, careers advice, apprenticeships, job searching, training and upskilling.

The projects run by the Employment & Skills team include Inspire2Work and Communities for Work+, which are designed to overcome barriers to employment, with a bespoke one-to-one mentoring service from reviewing/creating a CV, support with job searching, financing training/upskilling, to funding for travel expenses and work equipment.

Meanwhile, for anyone aged 16 and over and already in work, the Skills@Work project offers access to a free range of accredited qualifications, one-to-one guidance and employment advice. For those aged between 11 and 25, Compass works to prevent homelessness and assist with homing transition, supports personal and emotional wellbeing, and offers career advice, whilst young people at risk of disengaging from education can be supported by Inspire2Achieve.

Councillor Sara Jones, cabinet member for community development.

Councillor Sara Jones, cabinet member for community development said: “This relaunch comes at a time when our team at Employment & Skills has the ability to help more people than ever before not just young people but now adults of all ages. They’re proactive in creating opportunities for apprentices, interns and graduates, and in facilitating access to higher level training schemes for young people already in work, whether that’s as an employee or in a self-employed context.

“The work also focusses on improving access, equality, and equity of opportunity for under-represented groups including looked after children and care leavers, all of which is of immense value and importance,” said Councillor Jones.

The Employment & Skills team also leads on the Apprentice, Graduate and Intern (AGI) Scheme. This scheme is designed to work with local businesses in Monmouthshire and within to Council, to create more opportunities for apprenticeships, graduate posts and internships across the county.

For more information about the support available visit https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/employment-skills/ or email Employmentskills@monmouthshire.gov.uk