ERSA is delighted to share the organisations who have been awarded 12 months free membership. The funding comes from a Youth Futures Foundation grant awarded to ERSA in 2020 to significantly increase its work to tackle youth unemployment. Read the call for applications here. 

The funding is in part being offered as a bursary fund for 21 small youth sector organisations to join ERSA and benefit from the resources and collaboration opportunities. 

Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA CEO said:

“We thank the Youth Futures Foundation for investing in our work to strengthen and promote the services available to the UK’s jobseekers, learners and low earners – a huge proportion of which are young people.

“Our grant is already being put to good use: we have established a Kickstart community of more than 470 organisations participating in forums and collaboration events. 

We are delighted to broaden our reach and gain new insights into the innovative work being undertaken with young people in local communities. Never has it been more important that the work of these life altering organisations is appropriately supported and shared.”

The Youth Futures Foundation was established to find, fund, support and evaluate programmes which help young people to move into meaningful work. Unemployment amongst 16-24-year olds is currently four times as high as any other age group; those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds face the biggest challenge in getting a job.

The following organisations have been selected as ERSA Bursary Holders.


“4-22 Foundation are delighted to have been awarded a Youth Employment Bursary by ERSA. ERSA is an amazing organisation that works to support employability providers and to maximise opportunities and resources whilst also sharing knowledge and learning. We are sure that by working more closely with ERSA , and by utilising their range of services, we will be able to provide more ways to effectively support our young people into work”.

EN:Able Communities CIO

Simeon Perry, Head of Operations at EN:Able Communities CIO said:

 “ It is a great honour to be awarded this bursary. It will build on the work that we have done so far. Supporting BAME young people is a key priority in our business plan for post covid #buildbackbetter.”

East Midlands Chamber

“East Midlands Chamber is delighted to be joining ERSA. Being an approved Kickstart Gateway Provider and having over 320 young people who have now started their Kickstart Placement, it is crucial to keep all these young people in sustainable employment. We will be looking to gain more insights and broaden the work we are doing to raise aspirations and ensure that many young people are provided with the support they need to stay in employment.”


“Develop are really pleased to become a member of ERSA as we feel it is important that the young people we work with will be able to have a voice, and that ERSA will provide a great platform to address the complexity of issues they face.”


Di Vernon, CEO of EmployabilityUK said

 “We are delighted to receive the ERSA bursary membership. We have found the support from ERSA invaluable during our journey to become a Kickstart gateway intermediary and employer. The forums are particularly useful and we look forward to being active members”.

Launch It

‘Self-employment is at an all time high in the UK, yet more needs to be done to ensure that starting a business is accessible to all. Launch It are delighted to join ERSA and look forward to working collaboratively to ensure entrepreneurship is high on the government’s agenda and that business support is targeted towards those that will benefit most.’

Laura Symmons, Director of Development, Launch It

Merseyside Community Training

“Merseyside Community Training are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a Bursary Membership to join ERSA. With Youth Unemployment at an all- time high, having access to the wider stakeholder network will prove crucial to forming relationships which will be able to bolster our Youth Employment offer and increase the potential of positive destinations for our young people.”

Oli Sumner – CEO

Union Dance Trust

‘Looking forward to closely connecting with ERSA on supporting young people.’ 

Corrine Bougaard MA PGCERTS FRSA, Artistic Director & Producer, Cultural Consultant

Wigan Boys & Girls Club

Wigan Youth Zone was delighted to receive a Bursary Membership with ERSA. As restrictions ease and we begin to remobilise our universal youth work services the resources, networks and opportunities available through ERSA will help us to increase the confidence and employability of many young people in need”


Reform Radio CIC

Naturally Talented Me

Evolve Apprentices

Impact People & Change

Wellies 2 Work Software

OMG Education

A Vision for Empowerment CIC


Generation Success

Community Training and Employment Project

CTEP has a history of working with young people who are NEET with offending background, we support them with training, counselling, mentoring and coaching to achieve employment outcome. We delivered the Flexible support fund contract several times with DWP in collaboration with the job centre.

DiVA Apprenticeships

Thurmaston Educational Trust

Some of the organisations joined us recently at the Youth Employment: Good Work and Opportunities for All virtual event on 22 April 2021 and you can watch the virtual roundtable on demand here.

Further information on ERSA’s Youth Employment Activity