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Prospects’ partners shortlisted in national awards

26 January 2015

Prospects and Gloucester County CouncilThe shortlist for the LGC (Local Government Chronicle) Awards 2015 was announced last week and included several local authorities with which Prospects works in partnership.

Bradford Metropolitan District Council is shortlisted in the Efficiency category, which celebrates examples of local authorities securing “better for less” through innovative approaches and new relationships with citizens and partner organisations. Prospects has worked closely with Bradford Council since 2010, helping to deliver services supporting young people who are vulnerable and/or Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). This includes running the Connexions Service, Youth Contract and SatNav, which provides a work experience-based, accredited programme. We helped to reduce NEET levels in Bradford to 5.3% in April 2013, which was the lowest in the sub region and well below the national average – both firsts for Bradford.

The Royal borough of Greenwich is shortlisted for Children’s Services, Health and Social Care, and the London borough of Bexley for Business Transformation and Partnership of the Year. Prospects delivers targeted support for young people, including NEETs and those with learning and other disabilities, on behalf of these local authorities, including careers information, advice and guidance. We also run the Bexley Business Awards in partnership with the local authority.

Medway Council is shortlisted for Commissioning Pioneer, which covers best practice in how local authorities choose and work with partner organisations. Prospects works with colleagues in Medway Council to support all childminders in Medway, with tailored advice around individual needs, to help childminders improve educational outcomes for some of the youngest children in the area. Support is offered one-to-one and in the childminder’s home.

The London borough of Barnet is shortlisted for Innovation. Both the London boroughs of Barnet and Brent are shortlisted for Efficiency. In Barnet, Prospects provides Learning Difficulties Assessments and support for students with learning difficulties and disabilities in mainstream and special schools. In Brent, Prospects runs a Connexions contract which has been highly successful in reducing NEET figures. We also provide services for young people with disabilities, and careers advice in the majority of Brent schools.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday 11 March 2015 at Grosvenor House, London. We wish all our shortlisted partners the very best of luck.

Last year Prospects won the best Public/Private Partnership with Gloucestershire County Council for our youth support work, which helps around 6,000 vulnerable young people in the county, including care leavers, young parents and young offenders.

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