A pioneering scheme to give young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) opportunities to get back on track is launched in the South West today.
The scheme is targeted at the estimated 5,390 16-17-year-old NEETs in the region and is part of the Liberal Democrat’s Youth Contract.
The charities and business that will provide the service have now been announced. They have had to show a track-record in getting young people into education, apprenticeships, training or work with training and will be paid by results.
The programme, to take place over the next three years, will focus on at least 55,000 16-17 year old NEETs with no GCSEs at A* to C, who are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement.
Commenting, Torbay MP Adrian Sanders said:
“Sitting at home with little to do when you’re so young can knock the stuffing out of you for a very long time. It is a tragedy for the young people involved and a ticking time bomb for the economy and society as a whole.
Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are doing the right thing by supporting young people in the South West who have had difficulty finding a job or training and are at risk of becoming damagingly disengaged.
Today’s announcement will ensure they receive personal, targeted support from experts to help them develop the confidence and skills that the need to stay in education or find a job.
Youth unemployment is a slow burn social disaster so it’s right that although money is tight, the Coalition Government is prioritising investment on NEETS as part of the Youth Contract so our children can get the necessary skills for a lifetime of work by earning or learning.”