The Get Set project develops unique and diverse voluntary work experience placements across departments in Leicestershire County Council for young people.

Leicestershire County Council recognises that young people are struggling to demonstrate suitable work skills to potential employers and therefore cannot compete in the current job market.

Each young person will be supported by a mentor whose role is to provide structured, positive work experience based on the individual needs of the young person.

By completion of the project, each young person will have gained several months of ‘real’ work experience, been supported in their personal and professional development, and have received pre-employability training.

To see Get Set in action check out our video.

Young People

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If i hadn't volunteered with my local library, I wouldn't have the skills or experience to have my dream job

Roxanne Pepper

Library Assistant, Leicestershire County Council

Volunteering to support young Muslim men to access culture and arts with Leicestershire County Council gave me the foundation I needed to make a career change.  I am now in a paid role using those skills to support young people across the City to access Apprenticeships

Abdul Bathin

Loughborough Apprenticeship Development Officer, Leicester City Council

My Volunteer Coordinator from the Youth Offending Service, Debbie Stobbs, was really understanding and flexible, I could speak to her about any concerns. She supported my progress and pushed me to get out there and apply for work

Leanne Lowe

Mountsorrel IMPACT Project Worker, Leicestershire County Council