The academy gave me the confidence to just go for it and I love my new job

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A NEW academy has been launched in Milton Keynes in a bid to tackle youth unemployment in the new city.

The Avanta Academy in North Row, aims to bridge the gap between school and full-time employment.

The Academy will also be providing a free recruitment service to employers, specialising in filling apprenticeship vacancies.

Activities such as team-building exercises, CV advice and interview preparation workshops should get young people ready for the workplace.

Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster said: “Supporting our young people by offering them a chance to learn the skills vital to their success, whilst giving a boost to the local economy by offering businesses apprentices, will go a long way to improve the employment situation in Milton Keynes.”

Attendees of the Academy will achieve a City & Guilds Employability Award and have the opportunity to improve English and Maths through key skills training.

Sacha Reynolds attended the academy during its pilot phase, and is now working as a business administrator.

Sacha said:“Everyone at the academy treated me like an adult and helped me to develop the skills I’d need in order to find a job. It’s easy to give up at the moment, with all the news about unemployment, but the academy gave me the confidence to just go for it and I love my new job.”

Dave Carson, operations manager at the academy, said: “Our work with young people taught us that one of the biggest barriers to getting into work is that they are not used to working life and are not properly equipped with the skills, or self-confidence, to succeed in getting a job.”