Resurgo is launching its match-funding Skill Up For Success campaign, delivered through the Big Give*, and thanks to generous pledges from the EQ Foundation and other individuals.
The campaign seeks to raise a total of £90,000, to help upskill 1000 young people facing barriers to employment to take hold of high calibre job opportunities.
Despite reports of record job vacancies, youth unemployment remains 2.5 timesx higher than for the general population**. Young people are often ill-equipped and under-prepared to take hold of available vacancies, and this struggle is exacerbated by an enduring wave of post-Covid-19 mental health issues and the cost-of-living crisis.
This perfect storm means a generation of young people risk being locked into ‘underemployment’ – roles with low pay, hazardous working conditions, and little job security.
Resurgo’s Spear Programme is working to change this for young people who most need support – those facing additional barriers to employment, such as low educational attainment, a lived experience of crime, or caring responsibilities – equipping hundreds each year with the skills and resilient mindset they need to flourish in work.
Geraldine Payne, Resurgo’s Head of Philanthropy, said, “We know unemployed young people have huge potential, and are committed to supporting them to realise this for themselves. Every penny of our Skill Up For Success campaign could help a young person who would otherwise struggle to flourish in high-calibre, sustainable work – transforming the trajectory of their future. In the current economic climate, we are particularly excited that this match-funding campaign allows our supporters’ generosity to go even further – and grateful to for the generous pledges of individual donors and the EQ Foundation who have made it possible.”
Skill Up For Success is a time-limited campaign, offering the opportunity for supporters’ donations to be doubled**, at no extra cost to them – but for one week only.
*The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since its launch in 2008.