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SFA ESF NEET Programme: Achievement Coaches

Studies have found that disadvantaged young people receiving mentoring support are more likely to exhibit favourable outcomes including higher academic achievement. However, what makes an effective mentor is poorly defined leading to difficulties in identifying and replicating good practice. At the same time, spending cuts are resulting in a reduction in the scope and quality of mentoring provision.

Groundwork has been testing an integrated approach to education/employment support together with signposting to wraparound services, leading to 70% of students who would previously have been likely to withdraw completing their studies. This programme will build on this experience and support eligible young people in the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. Nearly 500 young people at risk of being NEET are benefiting from 1:1 support from Groundwork, to help them to stay in the education system and improve their educational attainment.

Groundwork has identified and recruited staff to act as ‘Achievement Coaches’ youth practitioners with expertise in youth work, advice and guidance, careers advice and coaching – who will manage a caseload of young people, helping them to access relevant activities, support and opportunities, and assisting their personal and learning progress.

The support is being provided via the SFA NEET Contract, funded by the Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund. Achievement Coaches delivery will commence in October 2013 and conclude on 31 July 2015.

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