The Platform was launched by Blackpool Council in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and was funded initially through the Community Renewal Fund. The overall aim of the service is to offer employment support to 16–24-year-olds in Blackpool to help them to access training to improve their skills, build their confidence and provide information, advice and guidance on career options.
Based in the town centre, on the ground floor of the council operated No1 Bickerstaffe Square building, The Platform’s purpose is to be a one-stop-shop to help young people with things like; CV writing, confidence building, interview skills and more.
There are also two co-located Youth Work Coaches from JobCentre Plus who work closely with The Platform team to ensure the right young people are encouraged to use the service.
Since officially opening, the specialised team of Employment Advisers have seen many success stories. Young people have initially approached the service with little to no confidence, a lack of direction, qualifications or experience, however, with the knowledge and dedicated support the Platform team provide, the majority leave successfully signed up to their next step.
Working closely with many local employers and a range of training providers to help young people connect with a range of opportunities across Blackpool, The Platform offers a tailored approach to suit each individual.
James Duff, an Employment Adviser has worked with Abdul Miah, the one hundredth successful person to use The Platform service.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, Cabinet Member for Inclusion, Youth, Transience and Schools, said:
Andrew Fletcher, Manager of The Platform said:
If you, or someone you know is aged between 16-24 and looking for work, education or training - get in touch to book an appointment with one of our friendly Advisers.
WhatsApp, text or call: 07342 056448
Call the office: 01253 477 775
Pop into The Platform, Unit 3, No1 Bickerstaffe Square (next to the new Post Office, Cookson Street) to make an appointment. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.