Youth Skills

Karen Chapple is One Haverhill Partnership’s Youth Skills Manager employed by the Haverhill Town Council to support young people reach their full potential.

She is currently involved in the following:

Apprenticeship Project. Approaching and supporting local businesses – big and small – to create apprenticeship opportunities for young people. Nearly 250 opportunities have been created this way providing a wide choice to young people. Many businesses have embraced apprenticeships as their preferred route of recruitment, creating real jobs and supporting their apprentices gain important qualifications. Businesses are supported to demystify the process of taking on an apprentice. Young people are also supported on a 1-2-1 level to help them secure apprenticeship roles. Lastly providing a link between young people, businesses and training providers to ensure a smooth service.  

Advice and Guidance. Supporting young people who are in danger of becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) to look at opportunities that will help them take positive next steps. This includes help with interview techniques and CV writing to ensure young people improve their chances of securing education/employment.

There has been real successes in helping young people re-engage and rediscover their self-worth through our Signpost programmes. These young people are referred to our programme by school nurses, counsellors and the safeguarding team from our local schools. It has been recognised that these young people are at risk of having mental health problems and/or suffering from low mood.

Linking up with Local Businesses and Education. To encourage the two to work closely together. Helping young people secure work experience opportunities, taster days and work trials.

Coordinate local training programmes. To ensure we are providing our young people with the skills they require to be successful. Looking for gaps in services and ensuring these are addressed to offer a full programme locally.

If you would like to contact Karen Chapple her email address is youthskillsmanager@onehaverhill.co.uk or call her on 07463 149045.