YOUNG people from across the district are taking part in a scheme aimed at helping them find employment.

The 10-month Smart Futures programme will provide the youngsters with paid work experience, workplace skills and mentor support.

Twelve young people from Bradford district schools are participating in the venture, being staged in partnership between the Ministry of Justice and the charity EY Foundation, which is overseeing it.

Support is being provided by Bradford Council.

Those completing the scheme will receive a qualification from the Chartered Management Institute. The EY Foundation already runs Smart Futures programmes in 15 towns and cities across the UK. Since they were launched in 2014, the projects have supported nearly 3,000 young people.

Jodie McNally (pictured), for the foundation, said: “The aim is to make more young people in the region employable by collaborating with local businesses to reduce barriers to work.”