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Young people in Harrow to benefit from new careers support

27 January 2016

Harrow Council has appointed Prospects to deliver careers services for the next three years. The education, employment and training company was chosen after a competitive tender process thanks to its impressive track record in the area and innovative approach to helping young people.

The new careers service will build on Harrow’s current strengths in this area to make sure young people most in need of specialist help can access the guidance and support they need to move into education, employment and training. Young Harrow residents with SEN statements will get extra help to transfer on to the new educational health care plans. Many will be supported until age 25, with provision for all students aged 13 to 19 in special schools.

Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) will also continue to qualify for support, as will young people on benefits. Ensuring these young people are helped as quickly as possible is essential to get them back into school or college, into work, education or on an approved training course. Being NEET, even for a short time, can prevent a young person achieving their best throughout their life.

Understanding that it’s not just young people that need help, Prospects will also be on hand to provide support for the parents and carers of young people using the service. Families are a big influence. They can help motivate young people to find the right direction to suit them.

As part of the new careers service, Prospects will continue to provide a Youth Stop, a drop-in centre where young people can get advice, not only on careers, but on a whole range of issues they face. The centre will have different support agencies as well as Prospects advisers, enabling young people who visit to get all the help they need in one place rather than having to visit different, and sometimes intimidating, official offices.

To make sure young people do not drop through the net, and receive the support they need, Prospects will keep in touch with all the different employment, education and training places young people go to when they leave school or college. Any young person who leaves a course will be contacted to make sure a suitable alternative can be found. This way no young person is left to fend for themselves at this critical stage in their lives. This information, or destination data, will enable Harrow Council to accurately plot how successful young people in the borough are when they leave school and build this into future plans for young Harrow residents.

Cllr Simon Brown, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “Supporting vulnerable people is a priority for Harrow. By helping young people - especially those with special needs - to get the skills they need for work, we are giving all our young people a head start in life.

“Harrow’s ambitious plans for regeneration will bring millions of pounds of investment into the area. This careers support will ensure our young people are prepared to make the most of all the opportunities this regeneration will bring for employment, apprenticeships and training.”

Judith Denyer, Prospects Regional Director in London said: “We are very excited to be working with young people in Harrow. At Prospects we have a proven track record of working with young people across London and have helped neighbouring borough Brent to achieve some of the lowest NEET rates in the country. We are looking forward to supporting Harrow and giving younger residents the tools they need to boost their skills, confidence and employability leading to successful and meaningful working lives.”

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