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Get To Know Our Employability Lead... Jake Richardson!

OACT are delighted to announce Jake Richardson as our New Employability Lead ahead of our 'Training Ground Employability Programme' being launched.

We caught up with Jake to get to know more about him and his new role!

'Congratulations on your new role, could you tell us more about the project and your role?'
Thank you! I am delighted to announce that OACT are delivering a brand-new project called Training Ground, which will take place at Boundary Park. This is aimed for people who are 18-24 who are not in education, employment or training. We are placing an emphasis on developing key employability skills, whilst enhancing individual’s physical activity and mental wellbeing. Participants will be supported with a 1-1 mentoring program, alongside the opportunity to gain relevant awards, and a real-life work placement to gain valuable experience. Undoubtedly, this will provide a platform for these young people to progress in their careers.

'How do you expect the project to benefit the participants, and how will it impact the community of Oldham?'
The pandemic has had a really big effect on people gaining and sustaining employment in Oldham. Alongside this, people’s mental health has been affected and it is essential that we address both of these issues in our community. We believe this project can be really beneficial for participants mental health by providing a routine, developing key skills and their knowledge and understanding around employment. We have no doubts that this project will accelerate participant’s career and kickstart their educational or employment journey.

'Why is it so important for young people, aged between 18-24 to receive a programme like this?'

  • 760,000 young people are not earning or learning.
  • Youth Unemployment currently at 14%, expected to rise to 20% byend of 2021.
  • 3/5 of the recent fall in employment is young people aged 16-24
  • It is pivotal that we try and tackle this within our community and make a positive change.

'How can people get involved?' 
We only have 7 places available for this new exciting project. 

Email jake.richardson@oact.org.uk to express your interest.