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Funds help young into work

Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure ENGANL00120120208161457
Warren Smyth, CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure ENGANL00120120208161457

Young people in West Suffolk are being offered a lifeline towards obtaining work thanks to £40,000 of funding to Abbeycroft Leisure.

The money is part of a £280,000 Prize Challenge from the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support people to acquire skills to get into work.

The Abbeycroft scheme will offer young people not in employment, education or training to take part in physical activity to develop skills to help them increase their self confidence and work-readiness.

Courses will be run from Abbeycroft’s bases in Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall, Haverhill and Newmarket.

Warren Smyth, Abbeycroft CEO, said: “We are really excited about providing this unique opportunity for young people across West Suffolk. They will not only learn skills that will help them to gain employment in the leisure industry but will have the opportunity to be physically active and improve their overall well-being including their self confidence.

This is the second round of the LEP Prize Challenge and the funding runs for a year. The seven chosen projects will be reviewed and up to three will receive a further £50,000 to enable themto expand their project in 2017.

Claire Higgings, LEP board member, said: “With funding in short supply, these grants enable local organisations to help those furthest from the workplace.”


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