Project 8 pilot launch

Project 8 pilot launch

Posted by Rob Tickle |  2nd August 2016

?Young people from across Manchester are the first to benefit from Rathbone Training’s Project 8 initiative offering the chance to gain new skills, build their confidence and pave the way to employment.

Learners have now completed their third week on the community based pilot project being run in partnership with Manchester Young Lives which is open to school leavers aged 16-18 years old who are not in education, employment or training.

So far the group has been getting to know each other through team building, planning an event to bring their local community together and hooking up with the Big Music Project initiative which aims to help young people unlock their potential and build up their confidence through music…there has even been time to celebrate a birthday for one of the learners Georgia…with cake of course!

Project 8 is made up of eight core areas:
Skills – The opportunity to develop skills in leadership, communication and teamwork. Practical skills such as money management and cooking; creative skills such as photography, filmmaking, social media, music production and sports…all of which are transferrable in the workplace.

Resilience – They will learn more about themselves and how to bounce back from difficult situations. Developing confidence and addressing personal barriers such as drugs, alcohol and anger management.

Health and Wellbeing – Make more positive choices that impact on their health and wellbeing and know where to go to for additional support for things like mental and sexual health.

Social Action – As a group they will develop a project that will give back something to their community. For example, charity work, volunteering or environmental work.

Qualification – Everyone will have the opportunity to gain an Employability Award and a Level 1 qualification in Peer Mentoring.
Work Experience – Young people will gain valuable work experience within a variety of sectors. They will receive support and mentoring throughout their work experience.

Residential – The group will be taken outside of their comfort zone during a week of outdoor activities such as climbing, kayaking, problem solving, teambuilding and hiking. They will stay away from home and learn to cooperate with their peers and staff.

Next Steps – On completion of Project 8 young people are guaranteed an interview for an apprenticeship where they can gain a qualification, experience and get paid!

If you would like any further information on the project please email