UK Youth is the largest national body for the youth sector. Founded in 1911, its growing network of youth organisations now reaches over 830,000 young people aged 9-25 across the UK. Its mission is to work hand in hand with young people – and the dedicated organisations supporting them – to develop the skills, belief, courage and leadership to build a bright future, regardless of background or circumstances. It achieves this by creating an ecosystem of youth provision that works for everyone. Last year it invested £4.3 million on direct delivery to young people through its network of members, piloting new approaches, investing in areas of high deprivation and low provision, supporting outdoor education and rolling out successful programmes nationwide.
In 2016-17, the Asfari Foundation is supporting UK Youth to deliver its “Towards Employability Programme”, featuring information, advice and training on employability, targeted at young people aged 15-24. UK Youth is training 20 youth workers to deliver this programme to 280 young people in youth clubs and non-formal education providers, helping them become ready for work. The Asfari Foundation is supporting delivery of the programme in the North West region, and training will result in improved confidence, resilience, determination and employability and job searching skills.