Are you a young jobseeker in North Somerset? Our new partnership could help

15 September 2014

We're part of a new project, called HYPE West, which has been launched to help and support young jobseekers across North Somerset.

We've worked with a group of voluntary sector agencies and made a successful application to the West of England Youth Skills and Employment Programme, securing £60,700 to support young people into employment. This is a proportion of the total £258,000 of funding awarded by the Youth Skills and Employment Programme in North Somerset. 

HYPE West will provide young jobseekers, aged 18-24, with a tailored service to help develop their employability skills and overcome obstacles they may face when looking to secure training and employment. HYPE West is the key project that is being delivered under the umbrella of 'Team North Somerset' which is a unique collaboration between, public, voluntary and statutory agencies, including Weston College, North Somerset Council and leading employers. The project will run until December 2015.

The project will include everything from one-to-one support and specialist coaching, to high quality training, work placements and intensive support, to help young people find and sustain employment. Young jobseekers who’ve been unemployed for between 13 and 26 weeks will have access to their own Jobs Coach who’ll support them through their journey back into employment.

Phil Barker, our Into Work Programme Manager, said ‘We’re delighted to be part of Team North Somerset and to have secured the HYPE West contract. Everyone has worked really hard to design an exciting and personalised programme that will offer young people an extensive menu of opportunity, tailored to their individual needs and aspirations’.

Marie Horton, Head of Participation and Skills at North Somerset Council, said ‘We’re delighted that our new Youth Employment Service has a central role in Team North Somerset. By working together with the North Somerset Partnership, Knightstone Housing, Weston College and local employers, we’re hopeful that many more young people will be able to move into employment and meet their aspirations.’  

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Principle and Chief Executive of Weston College said, ‘Weston College are proud to be associated with a scheme which will have impact on our young people and bring about demonstrable change. It’s a pleasure to be part of such a team.’

Michael Williams, NSP Employability Manager, said ‘The North Somerset Partnership employment project is delighted to team up with HYPE West and to be involved in developing an innovative and sustainable partnership that helps support people into employment’.  

If you’d like more information on HYPE West, or think that this project could help you, please contact Cathy Hood on 01934 526336 or email us at


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