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Supported Work

Standguide are a training and recruitment company who work across the North West, they have developed a deep understanding of the welfare to work industry and of employers’ needs. Their provisions benefit a diverse range of customers supporting them to overcome barriers, develop new skills, gain sustainable employment and help to make beneficial changes to individuals lives. 

YPSWE is a fully-funded Flexible Support Fund provision which provides voluntary work placements for unemployed people ages 18-24 to enhance their knowledge and experience of the work place and also to help boost their self-confidence. The programme:

  • Provides personalised wraparound support individual to each young person
  • Provides pre-placement and in-placement support through the help of a professional mentor
  • Allows the young person to gain a better understanding of how their disability/ long term health condition will affect their work-life and what is/ is not appropriate for them
  • Give the young people a chance to look at long- term barriers and how they can be overcome
  • Help instil a new sense of confidence and motivation by actively looking for work and/or exploring more training and apprenticeship opportunities.


Must be 18-24 years old and claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) and he equivalent Universal Credit Limited Capability Work Group (UCLCWG).

The YPSWE is currently working across: York, North and East Yorkshire and the Humber

Referrals- contact your Jobcentre Work Coach.



 This programme provides support to help people find and also keep a job. it runs on a voluntary basis

The government scheme gives you access to personal support with:

  • Identifying your employment needs
  • Match your skills to work that’s available
  • Put you in touch with employers
  • Find long-term employment
  • Get training to help you find work
  • Manage health problems to reduce their impact


Live in England or Wales and you are disabled, out of work and have claimed unemployment benefits for 24 months, a carer or former carer. You do not have to be getting benefits to apply.

Speak to your work coach for more help and information regarding the Work and Health Programme.



Your Consortium has successfully secured over £7m of new funding for the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP area to allow for a new partnership of 61 organisations connect with community members who are the furthest away from work and training.

The project is a 3 year project funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. It is one of the largest funding streams secures for a voluntary and community sector partnership in the area.

It allows local charities and voluntary organisations to demonstrate their effectiveness in offering flexible support to adults to help to overcome those workplace barriers- physical, psychological, financial and skills related barriers- thus resulting in progress towards employment, training, education and job-search whilst also as a bigger picture helping to combat poverty and social exclusion.

You are eligible for Access Towards Inclusion if you are over 18 years old and you have been unemployed and have an additional barrier such as health, basic skills or financial problems or you are “economically inactive” and receiving ESA, Income Support, Pension Credit or not claiming any type of benefit and not working.

(You are not eligible if you are working, this includes 0 hour contract)

Young people would need to contact key workers and specialist intervention partners through a range of organisations-


Within York these are:

York Learning (City of York Council)

York Mind

North Yorkshire Sport

Peasholme Charity

Beyond 2030


Friends of St Nicholas Fields

I2I Life Foundation

Kyra Women’s Project

Aspire-Igen Group

Key workers will support you step by step to make positive changes, improve your skills and be more confident. You will receive long-term, one-to-one mentoring and support from a key worker that enables you to overcome barriers, improve your well being and move you closer to education, training, job-searching and employment. Your mentor can also support you to access the services you need to resolve health, finance and skills issues.

This programme is for 15-19 year olds (or up to 24 years for those with SEND) who are not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET.

To make a referral  contact Prospects ESP team on 01924 371579

Read all about Beth's Improve Your Prospects experience here which she completed through York Learning

My experience with Improve Your Prospects - York Learning

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