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Youth unemployment tackled in partnership between the Salford Foundation and EMR

Jack Arksey

2022-07-22
Ben Smithson, General Manager at EMR Salford, awards the donation to the Salford Foundation
Ben Smithson, General Manager at EMR Salford, awards the donation to the Salford Foundation

EMR Salford and the Salford Foundation have once again joined forces to tackle youth unemployment by offering vital employability support.

The Salford Foundation, a charity that has supported young people throughout Greater Manchester for over 30 years, offers a number of opportunities and resources to help individuals improve their future. Through youth support programmes with names such as The Leap project, Money Matters and Build Back Better. The charity tackles a number of issues including domestic abuse, poverty, unemployment and health and wellbeing.

Through a £3,000 donation, EMR Salford will support the Salford Foundations Raising Aspirations programme preparing 130 young people for employment, in offering mock interviews and money management, amongst other sessions.

Ben Smithson, General Manager at EMR Salford discussed his pride in being able to offer continued support:

“This is the second year that we have supported he Salford Foundations as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined programme and I have been delighted to see the first-hand impact that this partnership has had”

“Employment entry routes are not always readily available for young people and resources to prepare them can be scarce. The work of Salford Foundation’s Raising Aspirations programme offers a helping hand to young people and makes the transition from childhood to adulthood a little less scary.”

Since its inception, EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined initiative has seen three quarters of its UK sites partner with local charities and organisations in the aim of offering young people resources that they made now have readily available to them.

Helen Fenton of the Salford Foundation commented:

“Salford Foundation welcomes the continued support of EMR’s Young Future’s Reimagined programme and their Salford site.

“Salford is the 18th most deprived local authority area in England (out of 317). Creating opportunities for children and young people who take part in our Raising Aspirations programme enables them to have experiences that they would not ordinarily have access to, inspiring them to pursue careers and education.”