A host of research from organisations such as the Prince’s TrustJoseph Rowntree FoundationConfederation of British IndustryChartered Institute of Personnel DevelopmentImpetus-Private Equity FoundationOECD shows that, without doubt, when a young person finds a decent job and keeps it for a year, their life chances increase massively.

But it’s not easy for young people to find work. The job market is more competitive than ever, employers are more selective, and the amount of true entry level jobs with prospects is decreasing. This hits disadvantaged young people the hardest; those facing a load of extra barriers such as a poor school history, lack of family support, no qualifications, and mental health challenges

That's why created Journey to Work (J2W), a six month interactive employability focused course to help 16-24 year olds:

  • Gain new confidence
  • Get real work experience and learn vital employability skills
  • Meet lots of local employers and learn about great job opportunities
  • Move on to further education or employment
  • Achieve qualifications in maths, English and ICT

Students also get involved in different in-house and community projects where they apply what they’re learning in class and gain vital life skills to help them succeed in the workplace. This is facilitated by local business partners inputting to the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring they align with local employer needs, and a structured programme of business networking events, work experience placements, and job opportunities. J2W is thus truly ‘employability’ focused, also offering students career planning, CV development, interview training, and the know how and contacts to find their way to an appropriate college course or job/apprenticeship.

Every young person also receives a tailored package of personal support to help them develop the resilience and motivation to overcome complex personal and social challenges, while pushing themselves as far as they can go in their learning.This includes one to one assistance, small groups, counselling, and personal 'solution focused' coach throughout the course to provide all the backing they need to succeed. 

Breakfast will be provided and the course includes outdoor activities. In some instances we can offer assistance with travel costs.

J2W  runs Monday to Thursday, 9.30am-3.00pm  from each of our Lifeskills Centres. To find out more, including course start dates contact the centre nearest you, either Derby or Leicester 

If you'd like to refer a young person to J2W in Derby, please use this referral form.

If you'd like to refer a young person to J2W in Leicester, please use this referral form.

J2W forms a vital part of our  commitment to young people, offering a comprehensive and integrated programme of education, personal support and coaching, skills training, and pathways to sustainable work or further education.

J2W is a constantly developing model supported by some of the UK's key funders including:

Impetus-Pef - A charity that transforms the lives of disadvantaged 11-24 year olds by funding the most promising charities and social enterprises that provide education, support and sustainable employment opportunities for them, and helping them achieve significant year on year growth in size, effectiveness and impact.

If you would like to get more information on our current or future programmes, or would like to talk about enrolling on a course, please contact us on:

E. [email protected]

Alternatively you can directly contact the Lifeskills centre nearest you.