Salford Foundation and EMR partner to tackle youth unemployment


Metal recycler, EMR Salford, and the Salford Foundation have formed a partnership aiming to tackle youth unemployment by offering vital employability support.

The Salford Foundation, a charity that has supported young people throughout Greater Manchester for over 30 years, says it offers a number of opportunities and resources to help individuals improve their future. Through youth support programmes with names such as The Leap project, Money Matters, and Build Back Better.

The charity tackles a number of issues including domestic abuse, poverty, unemployment, and health and wellbeing.

Salford is the 18th most deprived local authority area in England (out of 317).

Through a £3,000 donation, EMR Salford says it will support the Salford Foundations Raising Aspirations programme preparing 130 young people for employment, by offering mock interviews and money management, among other sessions.

EMR Metal Recycling describes itself as a global leader in sustainable materials and has physical operations in the UK, USA, Germany, and the Netherlands. Its core business is the recycling of metal and plastics from a range of public, commercial, and industrial waste streams. Sources include end-of-life vehicles, consumer products, industry, construction and demolition.

General Manager at EMR Salford, Ben Smithson, said: “This is the second year that we have supported the Salford Foundations as part of EMR’s Young Futures Reimagined programme and I have been delighted to see the first-hand impact that this partnership has had.

“Employment entry routes are not always readily available for young people and resources to prepare them can be scarce. The work of Salford Foundation’s Raising Aspirations programme offers a helping hand to young people and makes the transition from childhood to adulthood a little less scary.”

Since its inception, EMR says its Young Futures Reimagined initiative has seen three quarters of its UK sites partner with local charities and organisations.

Helen Fenton of the Salford Foundation, said: “Salford Foundation welcomes the continued support of EMR’s Young Future’s Reimagined programme and their Salford site.

“Salford is the 18th most deprived local authority area in England (out of 317). Creating opportunities for children and young people who take part in our Raising Aspirations programme enables them to have experiences that they would not ordinarily have access to, inspiring them to pursue careers and education.”

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