Travis Perkins Managed Services (TPMS) have created a new partnership with Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) to create opportunities for young people to learn new skills and gain confidence through volunteering on community projects.

VIY are a not for profit community interest company, founded in 2012. Since its inception, they have helped over 12,000 young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET learn vocational trade and construction skills. The young people, typically aged between 14-24 are invited to join projects renovating community buildings where they are mentored on the job by professional tradespeople. The aim is that the young person leaves at the end of the project with a City & Guilds qualification or are connected to further training and employment opportunities.

From the 12,000 young people that have participated so far:

  • 70% aged 16+ have successfully gained a Entry Level 3 City & Guilds qualification
  • 30% of those that were unemployed/NEET have progress onto employment or further training within three months

Tim Reading, Chief Executive at VIY said “Working together with TPMS and their housing association clients is a very effective way to identify and help community places and spaces that need support as well as to engage local young residents who are well-placed to participate in VIY and to benefit from the skills and employment outcomes on offer.”

For more information on our partnership with VIY and how you can get involved, contact us

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