The achievements of young people in Hartlepool are to be showcased at a special event to be held in the town later this month.
A third birthday celebration for the Hartlepool Youth Investment Project (HYIP) is to take place in the Sir William Gray Suite at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience on Monday, November 23.
And a key feature of the event will be the presentation of a number of awards – Apprentice of the Year, Employee of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Learner of the Year – to deserving young people aged 14-24.
Now nominations are being sought for the awards before the deadline of Friday, November 13.
Launched in September 2012, the HYIP brought together all of Hartlepool Borough Council’s youth employment initiatives and those of partners, including schools, colleges, Jobcentre Plus, National Apprenticeship Service, Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, work-based learning providers, Teesside University, the voluntary sector and, crucially, employers.
It was set up to promote collaborative working to improve the employability and entrepreneurial skills of young people and prepare them for the world of work.
And the project has proved to be a huge success with Hartlepool’s youth unemployment rate currently standing at an all time low of 4.2% after falling from 17% in 2012, a reduction of 75%.
This is the largest reduction within the same time period of any local authority area in Great Britain.
Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of the council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “The HYIP is one of the town’s biggest success stories and that is down to the sheer hard work, dedication and commitment of many young people, complemented by the excellent support provided by all partners and employers.
“It is only right that we recognise the achievements of our young people and I would urge as many people as possible to submit nominations for awards before the deadline.”
Nominations can be made by contacting Sandy Todd or Julie Seymour in Hartlepool Council’s Economic Regeneration Team on 01429 857087 or 01429 857088. People can also email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org