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Are you a Young Person Not in Employment, Education or Training?

Fylde Council have announced a new partnership with AFC Fylde Community Foundation to support the delivery of their ‘Fylde Focus’ programme across the borough, made possible following approval of the Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) project plan.

AFC Fylde Community Foundation have a wealth of experience of working with young people between the ages of 15 and 24, who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and understand the obstacles and barriers that can prevent them from finding a job. Their knowledge and expertise can help young people explore their options at this pivotal time.

The UKSPF Funding has given this project a vital boost, helping the Community Foundation continue their mission to empower young residents in a broad range of ways, from building confidence, improving mental health and wellbeing and improving abilities and skills to boost employability. Mentoring, training and getting ready for work opportunities are also provided.

Councillor Roger Small, Deputy Leader of Fylde Council, said: “It is our great pleasure to be able to work with AFC Fylde Community Foundation to lend crucial assistance to young members of our community. The UKSPF allows us to invest into our young people by helping equip them for the future, and alongside the business support measures it offers the Investment Plan details, will help Fylde move towards more and better employment opportunities.”

Wes Partington, Director of AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “Improving employability is one of our strategic aims therefore we are delighted to be working alongside Fylde Borough Council to achieve this. Fylde Focus will give young people the support and skills they need to improve their prospects of securing employment.”

AFC Fylde and Fylde Council would love to hear from potential employers who are looking to create new opportunities that the youngsters might be suitable for.

To find out more information on the Fylde Focus programme, please contact AFC Fylde Community Foundation on 01772 598856 or email

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit