NEETS Project (Working with young people not in employment, education or training)

9th June 2017, 2:30pm | By Helen |

 “4.6% of 16-19 year olds are not in employment education or training.” (Workwiltshire.co.uk)

The NEETs project enables young people who are not in employment, education and training to start their first business idea supported by business mentors

In a nutshell:
Young people who are not in employment, education or training are referred to the scheme and assigned a business mentor. In the 12 week project they work to start a small scale business with a £20 loan. They are taught skills in budgeting and finance, business planning and retail awareness. Their mentor helps them to work out where they best fit in the work marketplace and enables them to make connections in the wider business community.

 What makes this project special:
Young people now have to participate in education skills or training until their 19th birthday. Some young people find it difficult to engage for wide variety of reasons and classic routes to employment or education don’t appeal to or inspire them. This project allows young people to identify their skills and passions and put them straight to use with immediate outcomes. They are able to see financial benefit and potential longevity for their career. This helps businesses in the area to connect with potential entrepreneurs and become a training base for the community.

  • sense of purpose – learning new skills, sharing knowledge;
  • sense of accomplishment – personal achievement, contributing to the community, financial benefit
  • sense of control – leading on decision and activities
  • social engagement – opportunity to meet and interact with others, a physical place to spend time, develop friendships, enjoyment and fun
  • Connections with the business community
  • self esteem, self worth, self image – feeling positive and valued;
  • support – mentoring from business mentors

How you can replicate this project where you live:

  • Talk to businesses in the area, possibly through the chamber of commerce to see if business people will be willing to mentor young people
  • Talk with youth organisations in the area to see if they think young people will want to do this.
  • Identify a group who can host this project with policies and the ability to hold funds
  • Apply for initial funding to start up the project

Find out more:

Contact Launch 2 Learning for more information on how they set their project up: office@launch2learning.co.uk

Useful contact for general information around NEET young people: Karen.Green@wiltshire.gov.uk

Support from your local community area manager:

You can access documents, templates and funding advice from your local community area manager to help you start this process.

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