Blackburn College and Blackburn Youth Zone continue to collaborate to raise aspirations for young people

Blackburn College and Blackburn Youth Zone continue to collaborate to raise aspirations for young people


Blackburn College and Blackburn Youth Zone will continue to work together to raise hope and aspiration for young people of the Borough. The partnership has seen many collaborative projects, engaging thousands of young people and providing educational and developmental opportunities throughout Blackburn with Darwen.


The College have pledged patronship to Blackburn Youth Zone for the next 3 years, cementing the relationship and growth of the partnership. The latest venture to help young people develop skills to land their dream job is the Employability Pathway Programme. This programme incorporates an accredited employability course, taster master classes, volunteer placements as well as vocational training in an areas in individualised areas to the young people.


A programme titled Access to Work is aimed at those aged 19 and above who are unemployed or inactive and enables them to progress to employment, apprenticeships or full time education. The programme has a strong work based focus linked to employment opportunities which then supports participants to progress from pre-employment training courses into the workplace.


Another programme designed for 16-24 year olds, provides the opportunity to undertake a Traineeship which opens up a route to an Apprenticeship. The programme prepares the participant with pre-employment training – including Maths and English. There is also support in finding employment, with help via quality work experience opportunities.

Hannah Allen – Chief Executive of Blackburn Youth Zone commented:


“We believe that Blackburn Youth Zone is in a unique position with a fantastic network comprising of an array of local business patrons. We are very fortunate that we are able to offer placements in a range of business settings thanks to our patron network, with young people gaining invaluable work experience at the likes of Graham & Brown. Other patrons such as Forbes Solicitors, Cummins Mellor and Pet’s Choice have given support to our employability programme through skills development workshops, supporting over 100 young people to make their journey towards further training and employment. Our organisation is a catalyst to bridge the gap between the business community and the young people of the Borough. Working closely with Blackburn College, we are able to provide innovative and needs-led programmes that are delivered by experts in the given field.”


Nick Hall – Business Engagement Manager at Blackburn College added:


”This is a great initiative as it offers young people the opportunity to move forward by developing skills that employers require. The strength of this particular programme is that it links to a placement. Employers often comment that they feel applicants lack certain employability skills and here is an opportunity for employers to really make a difference to improve the life chances of the young people of the Borough. The initiative is one of many that the College and the Youth Zone have developed as part of their Memorandum of Understanding.

Hive businesses can really help and support this initiative by offering placements in their business to support this initiative for further information contact:


Mubashar Khaliq

01254 292000