Prospects the leading education, employment and training company, has won the contract with Wakefield Council to deliver intensive support for vulnerable young people and those not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the area.
The Targeted IIAG (impartial, information, advice and guidance) service will still be called Connexions and will be run by Prospects in addition to the existing Devolved Youth Contract, which gives support to young people aged 16-18 who are not engaged in employment, education or training with few or no qualifications, across Yorkshire and Humber, which is also provided by the company.
Senior Operations Manager Jenny Cryer said, “We are very excited about this new contract in West Yorkshire. Wakefield colleagues will be joining colleagues in the sub-region delivering the Connexions Service in Bradford as well as the Leaving Care Service in Calderdale, further increasing our profile in the region. I am looking forward to working with Wakefield Council and the team in Wakefield to deliver high quality services for young people and to playing a significant role in helping improve outcomes for Wakefield young people.”
Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said, “We are pleased to be working with Prospects and other partners to help young people across the district into education, training and employment. Young people can contact the service for support, information and advice.”
A new Prospects office has been opened in Central Wakefield which acts as a staff base and access points located with partners include Wakefield College in the City Centre, Pontefract Job Centre, Five Towns Community Centre and Hemsworth Children’s Centre. Colleagues in Wakefield joined Prospects, an employee owned mutual company, from Babcock’s, Wakefield Council and Barnardos on 1st April.
Prospects is also part of the consortium which delivers the National Careers Service face to face support for people aged over 18, in Yorkshire and Humber and provides advice and guidance to offenders in custody in all prisons and youth offending institutions in the region.
Prospects received the Consultant of the Year Award, at the Education Investor Awards in 2012 and the Assignment Report Education Company of the Year in 2011.