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New programme to help young people across Coventry and Warwickshire 'Progress'

Posted on 05 October 2016

Environmental charity, Groundwork has been awarded £2.81million to launch a launching a brand new programme of coaching and support to provide young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) across Coventry and Warwickshire access training and employment opportunities.


'Progress', is a part of 'Building Better Opportunities' - a programme funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

At least 840 NEET or at risk of NEET young people will be supported into or towards employment, training, or education with the programme aiming to support some of the most marginalised young people across Coventry and Warwickshire to overcome personal barriers and challenges preventing them from engaging positively in learning or work.

These aims will be achieved through a partnership that brings together leading youth and employment charities, organisations specialising in supporting young people with complex needs, colleges and training providers to maximise the impact of the programme.

The delivery model will include introducing the young people to Progress Coaches – experienced youth work professionals who will build trust with those involved on the programme by encouraging them to set positive goals and helping them navigate a tailored path towards employment.

Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork UK said:

"We are delighted to be a part of the 'Building Better Opportunities' programme and proactively play our part supporting young people find their way to a successful, healthy and happy future.

"By joining forces and working closely with expert local delivery partners, we can ensure that all young people who are enrolled with the programme will receive a unique, tailored programme of support that suits individual need, boosts confidence and ultimately helps them to secure a future worth working for."

Groundwork UK will be delivering 'Progress' alongside delivery partners; Groundwork West Midlands, Heart of England Mencap, Positive Youth Foundation, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, Citizens Advice, Hereward College, Positive Youth Foundation, Valley House, Target Support for Young People (Warwickshire County Council), Coventry City Council, Motorvate UK, Team SpringBoard, The Learn2 Group, Values Education For Life and Voluntary Action Coventry.   


NOTES TO EDITORS

  • ‘Progress’ is a tailored programme of coaching support and bespoke activities to NEET and at risk of NEET young people aged between 15 and 24, enabling them to access training and employment opportunities.
  • ‘Progress’ is led by Groundwork UK in collaboration with the following programme partners: Groundwork West Midlands, Heart of England Mencap, Positive Youth Foundation, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, Citizens Advice, Hereward College, Positive Youth Foundation, Valley House, Target Support for Young People (Warwickshire County Council), Coventry City Council, Motorvate UK, Team SpringBoard, The Learn2 Group, Values Education For Life and Voluntary Action Coventry.  
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
  • The project has received up £2.81million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
  • For more information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer at Groundwork UK – stacey.aplin@groundwork.org.uk or call 0121 237 – 5815.
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