The Youth Employment Hub is proving to be helping young people across the Borough find employment by offering advice and guidance in their future career path and the opportunities that are available to them.
One successful young person to have benefitted from this service is Aaron, he first claimed Universal Credit in 2018 as he had to leave his job as a Machine Operator to take full custody of his daughter.
In April 2021 Aaron was assigned to the youth caseload as he was long-term unemployed. At this time Aaron's daughter started receiving 15 hrs free childcare. During the sessions Aaron spoke to an advisor and explored childcare costs and additional funding available for lone parents, as well as pathways into employment. In September his daughter settled into school and in October Aaron passed his driving test and was then mobile and ready for work.
When the Youth Employment Hub opened in Eastleigh in November last year he started going in regularly and was assigned to an Employment Support Officer with the Local Authority. Aaron attended weekly interviews in the Youth Employment Hub and found he really benefited from the support he received from the team at the hub. With a little help from his Employment Support Officer he was able to put together an improved CV and begin searching and applying for job roles.
By having regular reviews Aarons confidence grew and support was provided to meet his need to search and apply for employment and discuss options for his future. Key to his success was the strong relationship he built up in his meetings at the hub and the honest conversations he had with the team.
In January 2022 Aaron applied for a warehouse position and got the job, he thanked the Youth Employment Hub for all their encouragement and support throughout his journey.