Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council have appointed Prospects to deliver targeted careers and support services for the next two years from 1 May 2016. Prospects was chosen after a competitive tender process thanks to our impressive track record in the local area and innovative approach to helping young people.
Prospects will work with all young people aged 16-19 in Coventry and Warwickshire to find out where they study or work when they leave school and college. The service will build on the existing work undertaken in the area, to make sure those young people most in need of specialist help can access the guidance and support they need to move into education, employment and training. Young people in school years 11, 12 and 13 who are at risk of becoming, or are already, not in employment, education or training (NEET) will get extra help to ensure they make the right choices.
Being NEET even for a very short period of time can affect overall life chances. Early intervention by a professional adviser to identify and support a young person improves the likelihood the young person will achieve their best throughout their life. Prospects will focus on identifying and locating young people’s individual destinations to make sure no young person slips through the net.
Paul Welch, Prospects Regional Director for the Midlands said: “We are very excited to be working with young people across Coventry and Warwickshire. At Prospects we have a proven track record of working with young people across the country in Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, London, the West and East Midlands. We understand that no two young people are the same and different communities face different issues, so we work to provide local solutions.”
“In neighbouring Leicestershire Prospects have achieved some of the lowest NEET rates in the country at 3%, and we know where 96% of all young people are studying, working and learning. We will work in Coventry and Warwickshire to give younger residents the tools they need to boost their skills, confidence and employability leading to successful and meaningful working lives.”
Prospects will employ local advisers. Paul added: “Prospects currently has more than 1,400 expert colleagues, and is the largest employer of professional careers advisers in the country. As an employee owned company we work to provide the best service we can for the 500,000 adults and young people we support across the country each year. We are looking forward to starting our work in Coventry and Warwickshire and welcoming new, local colleagues into the Prospects family.”
Cllr Colin Hayfield, portfolio holder for education and learning at Warwickshire County Council said: "We are working very hard throughout the school lives of our young people to ensure they get the grounding they need for when they leave school or college.
"It is particularly important that we have systems in place to ensure that some of our most vulnerable young people are supported to get the most out of training or educational opportunities. Prospects has an excellent track record of supporting vulnerable young people in other authorities so we look forward to similar results for Warwickshire."
Cllr David Kershaw, Cabinet Member for Education for Coventry City Council, said: “The advice and support young people receive between the ages 16 and19 is absolutely crucial.
“Being aware of the opportunities available, whether it be in education, employment or training, and being given the tools and the confidence to make the right decisions can have a huge impact on a young person’s life.
“I’m very pleased to be working with Prospects and our colleagues in Warwickshire to help deliver this vital service.”
To find out more about Prospects and their work with young people and adults visit www.prospects.co.uk.
Coventry and Warwickshire local authorities jointly tendered for this service.
Local authorities’ have the following statutory duties:
• to encourage, enable and assist the participation of young people in education or training, including the most vulnerable and those at risk of disengaging;
• to promote the effective post-16 participation in education and training of young people in Coventry and Warwickshire;
• to have in place arrangements to identify those who are not participating.
The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we support more than 500,000 young people and adults.
For more information please visit: www.prospects.co.uk
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