b-roads Youth Employment Programme

01/01/2013 - 01/01/2013

b-side was the lead organisation managing this partnership project to improve participants employability.

"An exceptional pilot project that has far exceeded expectations and outcomes."

Angela Gould, Synergy Housing Customer Involvement and Community Development Manager

A forward-thinking award-winning partnership project between arts organisations in Dorset, Synergy Housing and Real Ideas Organisation for 15-25 year olds.

The b-roads youth programme worked with some of the hardest to reach disadvantaged, disengaged and socially excluded young people from West Dorset between 2013 and 2015. Over 140 young people engaged with the programme through a range of creative activities, courses, mentoring, jobs and work placements. The aim of b-roads was to develop young people’s employability skills and networks, find work placements, internships and apprenticeships, raise their confidence and self-esteem, signpost careers in creative industries, grow expertise across creative, business and marketing skills.

“ This is a great example of collaborative working across different sectors and shows how arts and culture can have a real impact on people’s lives in many different ways."

Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England
*b-roads was a project winner at the Southern Region 2016 TPAS award for Excellence In Employment, Skills & Training

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