An innovative sustainable employment and skills project delivering mental health support for vulnerable young people in Leeds and Bradford is launching this summer.

As part of the initiative, which has been awarded funding of up to £1.45m from the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme (ESIF), young people who are facing barriers associated with mental ill health will be provided with a range of support by Leeds City Council and Bradford Council to access Education, Training and Employment (ETE) opportunities. The project will build on existing local good practice to deliver a new integrated employability programme specifically for young people with mental health support needs, whether or not they are receiving out-of-work benefits.

Over the next three years the project will support around 1,100 young people in Leeds to improve their skills and significantly increase their prospects of moving into sustained employment.  The project will be aligned with existing services and programmes delivered by the council and its’ partners to ensure any Leeds resident not in employment, aged 15 and over can be supported.

A new website has also been launched by Leeds City Council this month providing a range of free support services not to just to residents, but also businesses in the city seeking to recruit, retain and develop a skilled and inclusive workforce.