In January 2013, the Regenda Group launched an innovative youth involvement project in two of the country’s most deprived wards, Anfield and Everton in Liverpool. This project is the first of its kind in the country, an apprenticeship programme with a twist.
Eleven young people were given the opportunity to start a two year Community Wellbeing Apprenticeship, allowing them to select their own apprenticeships in a field of their choice combined with valuable community project work. The only criteria for the selection were that they must reside in Anfield or Everton, be aged 18 to 24 and have a passion for improving the wellbeing of their local community.
Their apprenticeships include placements with employers two days each week, attending one day a week at college and two days a week working on community wellbeing projects in Anfield and Everton.
Why did we do it?
- To give something back to the community as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Regenda Group.
- To help tackle youth unemployment in Liverpool, focusing on harder to reach groups whilst at the same time giving them a chance to make a positive impact on their community.
- To give young people from a key Regenda neighbourhood the chance to learn a new skill or trade, improve their future job prospects and earn money.
- To improve the wellbeing of local residents by undertaking community projects.
- To offer something different to the young people – not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
- To support young people’s own aspirations and interests and keep them engaged throughout.
- To demonstrate the positive role that young people can play in the community – recognising the vital contribution that they can make to sustainable regeneration and refusing to buy in to negative stereotypes