Working Assets develops a more sustainable approach to worklessness by opening talent in young people, engaging young people in their communities and developing advantaged thinking in services.

The policy and funding contexts Foyers operate in have shifted since the first round of Working Assets projects, but this model’s relevance to the current climate means that it can support young people and services thrive in challenging times.

The rationale for “Working Assets” stems from the Foyer Federation’s analysis of how too many services for young people are ‘deficit-based’; they are too focused on need and risk, and on enabling service users to cope with and survive their current circumstances, rather than develop thriving and sustainable livelihoods. At the heart of the Foyer approach is the notion of the “contract”, the deal between the young person and the service where the young person ‘exchanges’ developments in their personal and social capital, resilience and employability for a tailor-made, personalised package of services and support. The “Working Assets” approach is an attempt to introduce an asset-based, progressive element to this contract in order to develop the capacity of services, and the capability of young people, to open up employment opportunities.