On Thursday, 6 July, Harrow Youth Stop organised a hugely successful event aimed at helping reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The Harrow Youth Stop centre is run by Prospects, the education, employment, skills and care company, on behalf of Harrow Council to provide careers services for young people in the borough.
About 40 young people attended the NEET event, many of them registering with companies and employers including Tesco, Harrow College, Xcite and Redwood Skills. As a result a number of these young people have since received interviews, applied for college courses or signed up to access mentoring support.
One 18 year old, who was unemployed
, and volunteering at British Heart Foundation said: “Before the event I was not sure what I wanted to do, but after the event I felt more knowledgeable and more open about the options available to me.”
Another 18 year old said: “Harrow Youth Stop staff have a lot of patience with NEET young people, it’s an approachable and safe place to visit. My mentor makes situations a lot easier to deal with, she is like a personal trainer but for education.”
Trina Rodden, Service Manager at Harrow Youth Stop, said: “It is great to see so many young people at the event and shows the importance of offering careers support to young people in Harrow. Having local colleges, training providers and employers supporting this event has meant all the young people who attended can benefit from instant access to future opportunities. We will now continue to help all those that have visited us today to successfully transition into education, employment or training.”
Visit the Harrow Youth Stop at The Twenty One Building, 21 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA1 4ES between 1.30pm and 5pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.