Head Start Leeds

Head Start Leeds

Give a young person a head start
Could your business benefit from a
willing, fresh pair of hands? Would your
team benefit from an able, enthusiastic
new face?
Leeds City Council, working with I-Gen,
is offering ‘Head Start’ work placements
that provides young people with an
opportunity to put their skills into
practice.
The Head Start scheme works with
local employers to give fully-supported
placements of up to six weeks to 18-24
year old Jobseekers
Young people get two weeks training
to get them ready for your workplace,
and are matched to businesses
after assessments and interviews.
Employers can get up to £300 to
cover the cost of the placement. The
Council is already offering placements
and it makes a real difference, turning
applications into interviews and
interviews into jobs.
Stephen Prince, 22, from Bramley took
part after being unemployed for more
than six months.
After getting involved with the
programme, he gained employment
with Leeds-based 4 Site Security. He
said: “I was getting really demoralised,
sending out applications and CVs and
getting nowhere. It really knocked my
confidence and I started to wonder if I
was unemployable.
“Then I went on the work placement
scheme. They helped build up CV
up and being around the team really
boosted my confidence. When it came
to doing my interview, the experience
I’d gained during my placement gave
me that bit of something extra. I’m
ecstatic to be back in work and there’s
nothing like that pride, satisfaction and
self-respect you get from having a job.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City
Council executive board member with
responsibility for leisure and skills said:
“We know that there are a lot of
enthusiastic and hungry young people
out there who have been out of work
for a long time- all they need is the
right chance and they can be an asset
to any company.
“By supporting local businesses
and giving young people the right
opportunities to get back into
employment, we’re confident that Head
Start can make a real difference.”
For more information about getting
involved in Head Start, contact
Michelle Law
email: michelle2.law@leeds.gov.uk or
telephone: 0113 3952905.

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