Empowered Communities

It is easy to forget that barriers to employment are varied and that not everyone finds it as easy to obtain and hold onto work.

To help communities prosper we are lending a helping hand to those that require advice and support, through finding work, returning to the workplace or simply leading a healthy, independent life.

We are tackling rural and coastal unemployment and skills challenges through targeted regeneration, helping remove related transport challenges, and developing the capacity of the community and social enterprises to meet local skills needs.


Our Projects


Building Better Opportunities

Action Towards Inclusion is a three year, £7.4 million project managed by Your Consortium. Through over 60 organisations, the project provides mentoring and support around health, finances and skills to 2,000 of the most disadvantaged individuals in the community experiencing a range of complex challenges. It is part of the national Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Participants are economically inactive or unemployed, and through the project are supported to overcome their barriers to employment. The project also addresses a range of social issues such as poverty and social exclusion.

Long-term mentoring support is provided by keyworkers and specific intervention activities will be delivered by Intervention Partners. The combination of this will enable individuals to overcome barriers and move closer to job-search, training, education and employment.

For further information contact [email protected]

Skills Support for the Unemployed

The Education and Skills Funding Agency

Managed by Advanced Personnel Management (APM), our Skills Support for the Unemployed project assists unemployed and economically inactive people in our area facing skills related barriers to progressing into employment, apprenticeships or self-employment.

Skills Support for the Unemployed provides a bespoke package of vocational skills training and support to help those not in work find and keep employment by delivering the vocational skills that employers need.

For further information contact [email protected] or call 01642425560

Access to Employment

Move Forward is the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions), ESIF (European Structural and Investment Funds) Access to Employment contract, being delivered in York and North Yorkshire by IXION Holdings and a network of local delivery partners.

The project provides one-to-one support for both benefit claimants and those of working age not claiming benefits, to address barriers and help them move into sustained employment.

Support includes help to address personal barriers such as housing and debt problems, improving job search and IT skills and help to increase confidence and employability skills. For individuals with mental and physical health related barriers, specialist key worker support is also available.

Up to 26 weeks in-work support is in place for those participants who are successful in gaining employment.

For further information contact  [email protected] or call 08452001057


Community Grants

Community Grants is part of the European Social Fund programme which is distributing small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 in East Riding, York and North Yorkshire.

Humber Learning Consortium are managing our contract and grant applications from East Riding. Your Consortium are managing applications from York and North Yorkshire.

The aim of the programme is to fund local projects which help unemployed people aged 18 years and over and from the hardest to reach communities progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

For further information contact Jacquie Newman – [email protected] or call 01482327438

You can see all of our latest skills projects and who to contact in this document.