HR tech company MyKindaFuture has partnered with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to launch a mentoring programme designed to help unemployed 18-24 year olds find work through the Jobcentre Plus.
The joint initiative will see MyKindaFuture’s online mentoring platform, Connectr, being used by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) to provide jobseekers with the advice, tools and skills they need to “secure a job and succeed in it”.
The project, which offers young people access to mentors from leading local and national employers, aims to tackle the rising issue of unemployment in Britain.
Connectr was initially rolled out in February across six job centres in London, with other locations expected to offer the service soon. Candidates will be referred to the Connectr platform by JCP’s work coaches where they will be matched with mentors from a range of backgrounds and industries.
Will Akerman, founder and managing director at MyKindaFuture, said: “We are so pleased to be unveiling this brand-new initiative in partnership with the DWP. The project has been designed to offer vital support to young job seekers in the UK, connecting them with employer mentors and increasing their chances of securing a job and succeeding in it.
“The scale of unemployment in the UK at the moment is unprecedented, especially among young people. The unemployment rate recently hit a five-year high, whilst the number of people on payroll is 828,000 lower than this time last year. In addition, it’s likely that the current furlough scheme is masking the true extent of the problem.”
He added: “It is essential that UK businesses and the government work together to support disadvantaged young people who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and we are confident that our new initiative will prevent those who are worst affected from falling further behind.”