Since 2018, Elizabeth House and Peoples Place Community Partnerships (PPCP) have been working together to support young people into employment through a flexible training and work experience programme. 21st Century Skills (21CS) is our tried and tested community-based employability solution targeting young people who are disadvantaged, with low qualifications, no network, unemployed or economically inactive.
The purpose of the programme is to use technology to address social issues such as the digital skills gap among young people, local unemployment, aspirational and in-work poverty. Through practical work-placements, featuring our very own technical call centre, providing remote IT support to businesses and residents, participants develop technical and essential soft skills to compete successfully in today’s job market.
21CS has consistently proven to significantly increase the employment chances and potential of its participants who face significant barriers into sustainable employment. It provides personalised skills-to-job training and real-world work experiences, working with grassroots voluntary and community organisations and local businesses to help and support residents who lack IT and digital knowledge or industry professional experience.