Building Better Opportunities

New Era is excited to be part of the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme in Lancashire which provides specialist employability and skills support. Support is tailored to each individuals personal needs and interests, with help provided to overcome barriers and help people move towards work and training.

Invest in Youth – supports young people aged 15-24, and who are unemployed or economically inactive (including those not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET), to improve their skills and employability.
Changing Futures – supports individuals who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market to overcome multiple and complex barriers and move towards employment and training. Intensive employability support helps people to identify, reduce and remove barriers to employment.

More about this project:
Invest In Youth
New Era is a delivery partner in the Invest in Youth project in Lancashire. Invest in Youth is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. The project aims to transform the futures of young people aged between 15 and 24 who would like to work but are unable to without additional skills or support. Through this project we work with young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), including young people at risk of becoming NEET. Through the Invest in Youth project, participants receive intensive support from a Key Worker to be able to engage in work readiness activity. Following an initial assessment of each participant’s interests and the barriers they face around entering work or further learning, the Key Worker guides the participant to achieve milestones agreed within their personal action plan. This project was extended due to the success of its first 3 years’ delivery.
This project is delivered exclusively by social enterprises and community organisations and we are proud to be part this specialist partnership whose work is transforming lives across Lancashire.
For more information about the Invest in Youth project please contact us on 01282 435302

Changing Futures
New Era is a delivery partner in the Changing Futures project in Lancashire. Changing Futures is part of the nationwide Building Better Opportunities programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and The National Lottery Community Fund to help tackle the poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. The Changing Futures project is focussed on supporting people facing multiple and complex barriers to employment. All participants are unemployed or economically inactive and are at high risk of social exclusion, such as people from BAME communities, people with physical or mental health problems and people with learning difficulties. Through the Changing Futures project, our partners work with each participant as an individual and help them understand their own abilities, skills and interests to identify ways to help address their multiple barriers to economic activity. This project was extended due to the success of its first 3 years’ delivery.
This project is delivered exclusively by social enterprises and community organisations and we are proud to be part this specialist partnership whose work is transforming lives across Lancashire.
For more information about the Changing Futures project please contact us on 01282 435302.

Case Study
Elsa – moved here from abroad with her daughter and had no family or support network. Supported under the Changing Futures Project to meet more people, grow in confidence, gain employment and secure a more stable housing situation - “ Thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate your support for me and my daughter. Bless you and thanks. Thanks for bringing smiles into my life”
Case Study
Bob – mid 50’s gentleman, unemployed but seeking work, had lost his confidence and suffered with anxiety. Had no IT equipment so struggled filling out job applications etc. Attended weekly sessions to build up his confidence, became more IT literate, worked on his CV and started applying for jobs.

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