Career Net is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and is an employability, training and career development programme for 15 to 24-year-olds delivered by ten providers across Greater Lincolnshire.

Originally commissioned by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, it is led and managed by Community Learning in Partnership (CLIP), a local social enterprise, and supports unemployed young people in making career choices, enhancing their CVs and interview experience, and gaining vocational qualifications.

By providing work tasters, contact with employers and insight into local priority sectors, as well as jobs for the future, Career Net seeks to encourage young people to build their confidence and aspiration while gaining an awareness of the steps required to reach their personal career ambitions.

The under-25 age group has been amongst the hardest hit by the impacts of Covid-19, for whom unemployment benefit claims increased by 86% in Greater Lincolnshire in the year to December 2020.

Throughout the pandemic, Career Net has continued to run with a mix of face-to-face and online learning and support. To date, 530 young people have started the programme and 214 have already progressed to work, higher level learning, an apprenticeship or a traineeship.

Career Net is available to anyone not currently in work or education, regardless of whether they are receiving benefits. It can help those yet to secure their first job, those who have lost a job or those in the final year of school (Year 11) who are not sure of their next step and has places available for over 1,000 young people across the Greater Lincolnshire area.

The programme is delivered across Greater Lincolnshire by CLIP, Abbey Access Training, First College, Boston College, Lincoln College, Grantham College, Grimsby Institute, Tempus Training, 1st Care Training and Children’s Links.

CLIP welcomes employers who would be willing to talk to groups or host a virtual or actual workplace visit. Such visits are invaluable in showcasing the real work environment. If you are interested in becoming a partner, or to find out more, click here or contact Katie Easey on 01673 843489.