The Big Lottery Fund and ESF have granted Hertfordshire County Council £5.5 million to help boost skills for residents.

The project is part of the ‘Building Better Opportunities’ programmes funded jointly by The Big Lottery with match funding from the European Social Fund.

The three strands of the program are STRIVE in Hertfordshire (Barriers to Employment); MILE in Hertfordshire (Financial Confidence) and Youth Futures (Young People).

In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and public, private and voluntary organisations  across the county, Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust is taking part in both the STRIVE and the Herts Youth Futures Projects.

All participants on the projects will receive intensive one-to-one support from a mentor to understand and address their barriers to learning and employment. They will be offered skills to help them secure work experience placements, volunteering opportunities or apprenticeships.

Each mentor can support with:

  • Working with the participant to identify possible barriers and support needs.
  • Working with the participant to put development plans in place.
  • Helping the participant to develop though signposting and helping to access engagement activities with The Trust or any of the other BBO partner organisations.
  • Help for transition into sustainable employment, volunteering or further education.

With a history of improving wellbeing, developing confidence, knowledge and skills, specifically through the delivery of employability programs, the Trust is excited to be involved in the Building Better Opportunities Programme.

If you would like to take part in this programme or require further information please contact Tiffany Samuda, details to the right of this section. 

STRIVE Project Partners:

Ascend, Celtic Harmony, Community Learning Partnership, Community Action Dacorum, Create Network, Crossroads Care, Druglink, Groundwork, HACRO, Herts CVS Group, Herts Mind Network, Mudlarks, Phoenix Group, The Prince's Trust, South Hill Centre, SOVA, Sunnyside Rural Trust, Watford FC CSE Trust, Wenta. 

Herts Youth Futures Project Partners:

Community Action Dacorum, Eureka, The Gifted, Herts CVS St Albans, Herts Mind Network, Herts Sports Partnership, Mudlarks, Phoenix Group, The Prince's Trust, SOVA, Watford FC CSE Trust, Watford Mencap, Youth Connexions Hertfordshire.