I’m pretty lucky, so are many of us, but what do you do, what can you do if life has been an up-hill battle for you, things just haven’t worked out as you hoped and you just can’t get a break to start over?
Life’s about chances, decisions and yeah, a little bit of luck sometimes, so it’s heart-warming to see folks like those at The Skill Mill offering young people a chance in life to learn and earn and basically get back on their feet.
Chatting with Kay from the team the other day, she was telling me that the young people who The Skill Mill support have been involved in anti-social behaviour and criminal offending and are likely to continue reoffending without support.
What impressed me was that each group of young people they work with receives six months paid employment, so an opportunity to get some invaluable practical and real work experience. They can also work towards a nationally recognised qualification so it’s long-lasting support. On top of that there are further opportunities for progression with local companies at the end of their time with The Skill Mill.
The Skill Mill originated in the North of England but have rapidly expanded their services across England, and now have a live site in Nottingham. They not only offer young people amazing real-world job experience, they give them the personal support they need to face up to and manage any underlying personal issues they may have.
It’s all about giving them the skills and resilience to improve their prospects, feel better about themselves and ultimately to find work, but not just for its own sake, they gain skills and experience in something they can feel valued doing and succeed in longer term.
I’ll give the last word to David Parks, Managing Director of The Skill Mill;
“This programme is the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication from all partners who are committed to improving the life chances of some of the most vulnerable young people in society. These young people who have been drawn into criminality need a realistic opportunity to break the cycle. The Skill Mill achieves this by helping to change their identity from one of offender to an employee with legitimate income, self-respect and a desire to change their behaviour and contribute positively to society and the economy.”