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Prospects helps reduce NEETs in Yorkshire & Humberside through the Youth Contract

13 June 2014

Now in its second year, the impact of Youth Contract support on 16/17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) is evident, with many local authorities attributing their reduction in NEETs to it.

Delivered through a network of sub-contractors, dedicated mentoring is offered to NEET young people, aged 16/17 who achieved one or no GCSEs at A*-C grade, and/or care leavers or are completing Community Sentences, supporting them to re-engage in learning and sustain it for a minimum of six months.

To date more than 2,000 eligible young people have enrolled. Of these 1,200 have reengaged in learning and 460 continue to receive support to reengage. Furthermore of those reengaged 935 are still in provision and a further 434 have remained in learning for more than six months.

The model developed is also appreciated by local providers, as one of our partners, said: "I am very pleased with the progress of the Youth Contract. I have been involved in this field for a good many years and have seen initiatives come and go but I have rarely been involved with one that seems to have so many positive results so quickly. I have found the support given through the Youth Contract Advisers to be practical, progressive, professional and creative. I look forward to developing the partnership further."

For more information on Prospects provision of the Youth Contract in Yorkshire and the Humber, please contact Karen Allen, Quality & Contracts Manager.

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