Supporting Our Local Youth Into The Workplace

Proactive Young People C.I.C, based in Rugby, is a youth focused charity putting local young people at the forefront of their mission. With the aim to support young people and adults between the ages of 11 and 25 into employment and employability skills, this Warwickshire based charity is protecting the future of our region.

With Covid-19 having a huge impact on unemployment rates across the UK, Proactive Young People C.I.C saw the vital support needed for young individuals to get back into work once restriction measures eased.

Set up in June 2020 by co-founders Nicholas Brosnan and Samantha Fitzgerald, Proactive Young People C.I.C aims to support individuals back into work through employability skills training, work experience and mentorship and as a result, reduces the long lasting impacts of unemployment for individuals in our community.

With a high rate of youth unemployment, there can be severe long-term damage to local economy, communities and their residents. And with so much potential in our beautiful region, it’s no wonder Proactive Young People C.I.C are looking to support the growth and development of our youth.

Young people who find themselves out of education, training or employment for long periods are more likely to suffer from long term damage to their earning potential and their overall health. With individuals suffering with stress, helplessness, low self-worth and anxiety as a result of unemployment, Proactive Young People C.I.C is a vital resource for our youth to access work.

Nick and Sam work closely with their small team of three; Hilary, Jan and Lauren, to connect with schools, businesses and communities locally and nationally. Providing valuable support on CV writing, interview techniques, work experience and more, the team utilises their own experiences to deliver exceptional training and advice.

Proactive Young People C.I.C are looking to expand their family too, with two positions currently available. Recruiting for an Inclusive Apprentice with special requirements and looking to support a young person into their Kick Start position, you could become part of this small but mighty team providing valuable support whilst also developing your own skills and experiences.

Proactive Young People C.I.C have been providing support for individuals throughout this pandemic. They have developed their own online portal which allows you access to a wealth of resources and they have been facilitating 1-2-1 sessions and group sessions via Zoom, offering employability support, interview tips, CV advice and more. Now they are able to, you will see this community interest company holding more and more events in many of our local schools too.

Proactive Young People C.I.C are tackling the youth unemployment crisis head on. Their online portal also lets you explore virtual work experience opportunities, video resources from over 200 business people, job descriptions, tasks, hints and tips to support you with your skills based training and help you gain employment.

We asked the founders what inspired them to set up Proactive Young People C.I.C and they told us “there is evidence to suggest that young people who find themselves out of work for long periods will suffer a wage penalty, with earning potentials reduced by 13 to 21% by age 42.” Working to prevent these kinds of discrepancies for the future of our society, this Rugby based charity provides support on a 1-2-1 basis all the way through to delivering to whole year groups within our local schools.

By providing support for SEND students, individuals who have disengaged with school or college, students studying their A Levels, T Levels, GCSE’s, adults and young people looking to join the workforce and more, Proactive Young People offer individuals the opportunity to engage with their future.

As well as connecting with local schools and business and facilitating work based training for students aged between 14 and 19, Proactive Young People bring local business owners and entrepreneurs into the learning environment.

By bringing businesses and local entrepreneurs into the school setting, they can help to enrich the work related learning opportunities that are available to students. Actively welcoming volunteers to join them in their mission, Proactive Young People are supporting the school curriculum with work based skills and activities. 

If you are considering how you can support Proactive Young People to deliver their range of services, they are always looking for business volunteers to mentor their young job seekers and to engage with young people at their events.

Your valuable support will enable them to reach more of our community’s youth and aid them in finding gainful employment. You will be able to offer interview tips, assess CV’s and LinkedIn Profiles as well as attend schools to deliver sessions with the Proactive Young People team.

Expert support on job applications, LinkedIn profiles and CVs can be accessed via their website here with the ASK FRED button or via their social media pages (instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn)

Don’t struggle alone, Proactive Young People C.I.C are there to help you find the right path for you.

Written by Heather Marie Willis