One Blackpool scoops £50k grant to train unemployed young people

One Blackpool, which specialises in providing practical support services and training to the voluntary and social enterprise sector across Blackpool Fylde & Wyre, has been awarded a £50,000 grant from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) as part of the group’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative.

One Blackpool grantRBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise has been designed to encourage more young people to explore enterprise, build their skills, start up and succeed in business. RBS is making £500,000 of grants available every year for the next three years. The grants will go to organisations who support young people (13-30 year olds) through dedicated enterprise programmes.

These activities may include enterprise education, skills development, networking or funding on a not for profit basis although it does not include schools.

Organisations submitted applications for funding to run programmes and winners have been announced across the UK. The grants were submitted online and winners were chosen by a judging panel which included a public vote.

The Blackpool Young Enterprise Solutions project brings together the skills, passion and expertise of four social enterprise organisations (One Blackpool Ltd, Social Enterprise Solutions, 3E Partnership and Think Forward) alongside support from Blackpool Council.

The project will reach 130 young people will receive initial training, including interactive workshop sessions and self-directed learning, to explore and learn about enterprise as a career pathway. They will also be given unique opportunities to visit real working social enterprise organisations.

52 of these will be given further practical 1:2:1 support from experienced business mentors to pursue the option to set up their own business or social enterprise. They will receive on-going support throughout and beyond the lifetime of the project through peer support networks and business mentors.

A project launch will be taking place on November 20th 2014, where local stakeholders will be invited to learn more about the opportunities available and how they can engage with this project. Tony Carr, chairman, One Blackpool, said: “Unemployment is a profound problem in Blackpool, where the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants is 50% higher than the national average. The contribution from the RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise fund will provide significant benefits, allowing us to work with unemployed young people to promote business and social enterprise as a viable career pathway."