A new service that offers young people help to gain employment or to access further skills, training and education has opened its doors for its first clients in Stowmarket.

MyGo, which is based at The Mix in Stowmarket, is the district’s first dedicated youth employment service and is the flagship product of the Greater Ipswich City Deal. It marks an extension to the service that was launched in Ipswich in November 2014.

The MyGo service for 16-24 year olds is the result of Mid Suffolk District Council’s partnership with Suffolk County Council and a collaboration with The Mix, Job Centre Plus, PeoplePlus and national employment charity Tomorrow’s People.

It’s official launch today January 27 will be marked with an event which will bring together all of the key partners, as well as staff, clients and employers.

Councillor Derrick Haley, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Leader, said he was delighted the service was up and running.

He said:

The enhancement of the service in Stowmarket is the result of months of hard work on behalf of all partners. We can see this service really helping to raise the aspirations of its clients who may be employed but who are under-employed. We hope by using this service they could potentially turn their job into a career. This is our aim for the young people in Stowmarket and the surrounding area.

“Mid Suffolk is an ideal location for sustained economic growth, this investment will ensure that our young people are ready and able to be part of that future growth and that our businesses are supported to find the skills that they need locally.”

MyGo in Ipswich has been extremely successful with 3,000 people registering for support and more than 1200 of these having secured employment as a result. Around half of the remainder are still in education or training. The rest are actively being helped through the MyGo journey.

Investment by Mid Suffolk has enabled MyGo to launch in Stowmarket on a quicker timescale than originally planned and in a permanent location.

The service has already seen more than 250 young people through its doors asking to access MyGo’s services, with more than 100 securing permanent employment as a result.

Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills, said:

“I am delighted that that MyGo now has a permanent service up and running in Stowmarket. This facility will provide invaluable career support and advice for young people in the area.”

And Belinda White, Deputy Contract Director MyGo, added:

“The MyGo team are thrilled to be at The Mix to support the young people of Mid Suffolk in to work and into better jobs. More than 200 16-24 year olds have accessed the service since August and a wide range of local employers have asked us to help them fill their vacancies.”

MyGo opened its doors at The Mix – an already established youth service within the town -on August 1 and the service provides the same as the centre in Ipswich. Local young people can now access:

  • Employment support for young people whether they are unemployed or not and a more intensive support for young people at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.
  • Support from day one of unemployment, or before, in a welcoming and professional environment that integrates access to benefits and employment support into a single offer.
  • A constant and trusted advisor (coach) to support and challenge the young person to progress into work and enable them to navigate the complex programme offer available.
  • A seamless service from 16-24 years that prevents cut off of support at 18 and removal of artificial service barriers that often prevent progress.
  • A universal drop-in for all, careers advice and, for those who require it, a dedicated work coach to support them into work.

About MyGo

MyGo is the UK’s first employment centre especially designed for young people aged 16-24, offering free training, career coaching and tailored employment support. Based in Ipswich and Stowmarket, the service is a collaboration between PeoplePlus and Tomorrow’s People, a national employment charity. It is funded through the Greater Ipswich Youth Guarantee and is connected with the New Anglia LEP, Jobcentre Plus, local businesses and local councils to provide an innovative approach to helping young people in the region. Click here for further information.