Notts charity launches programme to help young and unemployed residents secure work

Nottingham-based community organisation Switch Up has launched a free employability program that will empower 14- to 24-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds in the city to achieve their career aspirations.

Switch Up’s Poppy spends time with Randy to help him out with some of his education projects. Switch Up,Nottingham School of Boxing, Nottingham, United Kingdom. (photo by Andy Aitchison)

From 1st June 2021, the employability program will provide young people – who live in Nottingham communities affected by crime and violence – with work placements, mentoring and training opportunities. The goal is to connect participants with regional businesses to explore apprenticeships, traineeships, work placements, and qualifications. Places are limited so people interested in joining are urged to sign up as soon as possible by going to or texting JOBS to 07497346694.

Switch Up Founder and Chief Executive Marcellus Baz BEM said: “We are delighted to announce we have received funding for an exciting new employability program that Switch Up will run until at least 2023. The programme will harness what Switch Up and the Nottingham School of Boxing do best, using the power of sport to provide discipline, build social skills and friendships, alongside mentorship and counselling. This will continue the success we’ve historically had supporting young people in Nottingham, mentoring them so they can develop at both a personal and professional level.

“This project comes at such a vital time because the pandemic has hit Nottingham’s most deprived communities hard. We want to be a lifeline to those young people who are ready to start a career but are unsure how to get the qualifications they need or how to find and impress employers. We’re hoping to make a real difference to their lives this year.”

One local business can strongly attest to the benefits of working with Switch Up. Nottingham-based M&E consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) provided a placement to Switch Up member Ben Horton who was then taken on as a full-time apprentice.

Director Ash Cowdry said: “The partnership with Switch Up has been tremendously beneficial to young people in the community as well for us as a local business. Ben has been exceptional throughout his time with us and is a great example of how a young person can thrive when presented with the opportunity.”

Since the partnership, CPW has continued to offer employment opportunities to young people supported by the charity. Switch Up is looking for any other regional businesses to come forward and express an interest in working with the employability program to offer vacancies to young people.

The programme will offer one-to-one mentoring, weekly workshops to get participants job ready, help with CV writing, interview techniques and job searching. Plus, the opportunity to attend free boxing fitness classes and further counselling or education if needed.

Find out how to apply for the employability programme at or text JOBS to 07497346694. For more information

Nottingham Local News