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Backing Young Bristol into meaningful employment

As the current levels of unemployment rise, the challenges facing a young person in getting work experience, training and finding a job are increasing.


The Bristol Partnership is working with a number of local businesses, colleges, public and voluntary sectors to help young people in Bristol find meaningful workplace experience and positive pathways for the future.


How do we do this?  Apprenticeships. Local workplaces, education and government have signed up to give young people the chance to thrive, learn and contribute to our local economy.


Work experience is important in helping young people to develop the right skills for employment and to shape a career for themselves.  Prolonged periods without a job or training can have a negative impact on a person’s future work prospects as well as their wellbeing.



Why not take a look at the opportunities:



Case Study - Shannon Ogborne


One young person taking part is Shannon Ogborne from North Bristol. Shannon didn’t enjoy her time at school and left with low self-esteem and little motivation to carry on her education.


After leaving school, Shannon quickly became restless and wanted to do something to fill her days. She contacted a local training provider and was placed on an individual learning programme to suit her needs, where she gained encouragement and support to gain qualifications. Shannon made excellent progress and is now thinking about her work options and next steps.


Shannon comments: “Work experience is so important to my future career – it will help me see what working life is really like. I’m keen to find a placement in an office doing administration work and I’ve even been thinking about ways to achieve my original dream of working in a law environment.  With the right employer to give me a chance, I’m willing to give the placement one hundred percent.”



Backing Young Bristol is a Bristol Partnership scheme addressing youth unemployment and giving young people opportunities to develop the right skills to find work.


In today’s challenging workplace, young people can be nurtured to develop practical skills in a variety of roles and industries. Our local businesses are key in helping them to develop both a knowledge base and experience to thrive in the workplace.


Over the next 12 months, this scheme hopes to:

  • Increase the number of new apprentices this year in the Bristol area to at least 2,000, and create a network of "apprenticeship champions" across the city to encourage employers to take on a young person
  • Match young people with opportunities for work experience and coaching to help them gain employment
  • Improve support and guidance to young people in particular areas of the city with high youth unemployment
  • Encourage the recruitment of local graduates