Published Friday, 19 November 2021
Coventry University is working with Coventry City Council to offer a programme of mentoring support to help young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to access education.
The Your Vision Your Future programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative. The project is led by Coventry City Council and works with several organisations across Coventry in a consortium, supporting 16 to 29-year-olds to remove barriers to accessing education and jobs.
Participants educated below degree level will be supported to gain skills that will help them either into education, employment or self-employment, while those with degrees will be supported to gain skills to boost their employment prospects.
The Coventry Job Shop, an Employment and Skills Service that is part of the City Council, will also be supporting the Your Vision Your Future programme to help provide a wide range of support to all Coventry residents, of all ages, who are looking for work.
They work with organisations across the city to generate opportunities for local people and Cllr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member Education and Skills and Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations is pleased to see the council and university working together.
She said: “We know that in order to prevent homelessness for young people, securing stable employment is absolutely critical. Not only does it boost their self-worth, it also gives them the building blocks to a future away from homelessness and the ability to secure accommodation. I welcome the collaboration between Coventry University and Coventry City Council; it is great to see two major institutions in Coventry working together for the benefit of young people in our city.”
The programme aims to work with homelessness organisations and charities to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness consider pathways to Higher Education as an option.
Coventry University outreach manager Kayleigh Lampard said: “We were very keen to get involved in this project as it perfectly aligns to our values of supporting individuals from a range of backgrounds to access education and supports Widening Participation. The outreach team will support them to help find out more about career pathways and education options, including finance, accommodation, and additional support to remove barriers to accessing education. We will also seek to provide support through our Fair Access Scheme, which provides reduced entry requirements to university for those who are the most disadvantaged.”
Fab Lab Coventry, which is part of the City University Initiative programme within Coventry University’s research Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, will seek to help the university expand the offer further by supporting participants, who do not have their sights on going to university or have already completed a degree and are struggling to find their way in the job market, through the FabLab Coventry Employability or Enterprise programmes.