4 February 2015

Skills Training UK to deliver radical scheme for NEETS

Skills Training UK has been selected as the Preferred Bidder in South East England to deliver a pioneering scheme which will help 16 and 17 year-old NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to get back on their feet and turn their lives around. The new scheme was announced today (20 July) by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Minister for Employment Chris Grayling, along with Children’s Minister Tim Loughton.

The programme, part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Youth Contract, will help young people who have fallen through the net and need individual support to get back on track. Skills Training UK will work with local authorities and its own network of partners in communities across South East England to target those young people in their area who will benefit most, fitting this programme with other provision on offer locally.

Martin Dunford OBE, chief executive, Skills Training UK, said: “We are delighted to be the Prime Contractor in South East England for this new programme of support for young people and will be working closely with Local Authorities who we already know well, and other stakeholders, to help re-engage 16-17 year-olds who have left school without qualifications and not gone into any further education or employment.”

Each young person will have a personal mentor who will support them throughout their journey, helping develop and prepare them to re-enter training, education, or employment with training and / or an apprenticeship and supporting them with any personal issues or concerns they might face. Helping the young person to sustain their new beginning will be key and the personal mentor will stay involved throughout.

Skills Training UK is an innovative skills and employability provider with a joined up approach to economic development and social inclusion. It is a leading provider of apprenticeships for the National Apprenticeships Service and Skills Funding Agency and a Prime Contractor for the Department for Work and Pensions.

The company’s expertise in working with the NEET group includes its innovative Positive Directions programme which it designed for young people aged 16-24 and piloted in the London Borough of Brent. Each young person builds their confidence and skills and is supported as they move into further education, further training or employment, including apprenticeships.

Skills Training UK is already working in South East England as a Prime Contractor for the programme of support which is helping the country’s most disadvantaged families where worklessness and problems with housing, health and social isolation are blocking people’s chances of self-improvement. Commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and funded by the European Social Fund, Skills Training UK called the programme Progress! and is working in close cooperation with 19 local authorities and a network of local delivery partners.

For further information about Skills Training UK see www.skillstraininguk.com

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