Youth Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges in the UK today, with around one million young people not in work, education or training (NEET). We believe that by raising young people’s aspirations it is possible to prevent them from being excluded from society.
I will not be shy, I will get on with it, I will achieve.
We are determined to engage and motivate young people, in order to raise their attainment and build their self-esteem, and we continue to support them as they prepare for the world of work. We enable them to face the difficulties of modern society and confidently re-enter the education system or gain employment. We believe that, given the appropriate environment, all young people can learn and develop to achieve successful lives.
Over the last year we have worked closely with regional partners and young people to design, deliver and evaluate two pioneering programmes. Update Your Status and Status Update Step 1, have been specifically designed as employability programmes, to develop young people who would not normally be considered for an apprenticeship, or who may find it difficult to secure a job.
Update your Status was BTEC and City and Guilds accredited and included modules on Personal Development and Preparation for Work, together with a Placement/Internship.
Status Update Step 1 engaged a group of young people, between 16 and 19, who were in, or leaving, care. Prior to the programme all the young people were NEET. Evaluation following the programme showed that we helped in securing an Apprenticeship/Internship for 80% of the participants.
“I will not be shy, I will get on with it, I will achieve.”
Participant, Update Your Status Programme
One year of school exclusion costs £15,000 for one young person. (Barnardo’s 2010)