Step Up Programme


The Step Up project launched to raise aspirations and employment options for young people improving their chance of a positive future, beyond COVID-19. In a year of uncertainty, keeping life on track has proved difficult for many of us. But, for young people who already have to deal with the odds stacked against them it has proved even more difficult. The pandemic, education disrupted, exams cancelled, lost jobs, careers put on hold, lack of support, poor mental health have all led to a detrimental impact on their futures.

The Step Up project isn’t just about assisting the future economy but gives an opportunity and hope to hundreds of disadvantaged young people across the Borough, offering them a brighter future and opportunities to kick start their career.  The Youth Hub will be delivered by a range of experienced partners, who will nurture, empower and support young people who potentially face multiple barriers to employment, education and learning and whose talents often go undiscovered.

We are excited to announce that we will be one of the partners supporting the project alongside Newground, Child Action Northwest, The Making Rooms, IMO Charity, Youth Action and Young People’s Service.

‘One Voice Blackburn is delighted to be taking part in the Step Up programme run by Blackburn Youth Zone. It will provide some of the most hard to reach communities an opportunity to gain vital skills to gain access to the employment market. Young people in marginalised communities will be most affected in the coming jobs crisis,’ said Nina Khan, One Voice Blackburn

The Youth Hub has already started supporting young people by offering them the opportunity of a skilled ‘Youth Employability Work Coach’. The coaches support young people between 13-24 years old to increase their confidence, improve resilience, build employability skills, and gain useful job related qualifications. They will also have exclusive access to employment opportunities through a network of business partners.