Leeds has almost 60,000 people (12%) adults of working age who are unemployed or economically inactive but want a job (this figure is above the national average). So despite the many effective employment initiatives undertaken by public and private sectors over time, there is still a significant group to help into employment. This support is especially needed for those furthest from being ‘work ready’.

Barriers to being ‘work ready’ include, having learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, lack of opportunities, a criminal record, or lack of a credible employment history. All these can prevent an individual getting onto the first step of the employment ladder.

The Leeds Employability Partnership is a pilot scheme managed by Leeds Community Foundation which aims to support individuals with multiple barriers to employment, moving them closer to being ‘work ready’, extending the work of Third Sector groups working closely with those individuals, and using the invaluable experience of local employers. Free from any government strictures, this pilot allows us to explore the practicalities of promoting employability amongst those furthest from the labour market, with a view to investing in long term change.

This pilot is the first of its kind in Leeds and has potential to support the Leeds Enterprise Partnership’s ambitions for employment and skills, and give employers a real opportunity to build local expertise. Join our current Employability Partners. Together we create positive change among the communities of Leeds that need it most.

Fund Partners: £5,000+
Invest in the skills and employability of those furthest from the labour market by supporting the Leeds Employability Fund. Minimum donation: £5,000. Employability Fund Partners are acknowledged in partnership literature and online, and are actively involved in shaping its future.

Programme Partners:
By offering practical support – such as help with CV writing, interview practice, or a chance to experience the work environment – employers will help share much-needed knowledge and enable their staff to give something back to the local community.

Your staff will receive personal support and guidance from our Partnership Co-ordinator – including access to an employer toolkit, a bespoke matching service to ensure staff skills are best used, and telephone or face-to-face support during the programme.

To find out more visit the Employability Partnership website

Or contact Theo Sheridan at theo@leedscf.org.uk, or on 0113 242 2426