DWP launched its Westminster Youth Hub at the Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) Lisson Grove Centre on 20 September 2021
WAES is partnering with the DWP JCP in Marylebone to host one of the 110 Youth Hubs across the UK.
The Youth Hubs will be a focus point for all claimants aged 18-24 and young people will be able to receive wraparound support and advice on careers, employment and wellbeing needs.
The Hub will be staffed by specialist Youth Employability Coaches, who will support the young jobseekers to access tailored employment support programmes and jobs
The launch of the Youth Hub at WAES was attended by Karen Buck MP, Cllr Matthew Green, and Theresa Wootten, DWP Service Leader for North London, who all agreed that collaboration between the relevant services to provide a joined-up offer was key to helping young people to boost their skills and gain access to good career pathways.
Also speaking at the event, Yasin Chowdhury, 19, who is on a Kickstarter work placement at WAES as a Teaching Assistant, said: When I left school after A Levels, I intended to take up a place at Loughborough University, but instead I took a gap year. During that period, I attended the Jobcentre where I heard about the Kickstarter opportunities. I applied for the Teaching Assistant role and was successful. I’ve been two months in the role which I’m enjoying immensely, and this has now opened my eyes to doing a degree apprenticeship in teaching, which will enable me to earn while I learn.
Arinola Edeh, Principal & Head of Service at WAES, said: We are pleased to be supporting this partnership with DWP in one of the wards where young people have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We look forward to seeing many of our young people gain the skills and confidence that they need to secure employment.