Over 500 young people in Coventry and Warwickshire have been supported into work, further education or an apprenticeship thanks to 'Progress' – a £2.8m initiative funded by the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, and the European Social Fund.
The programme offers tailored individual and group support by providing young people with a dedicated Progress Coach and offering additional support provided by specialist organisations across the two regions, including help in securing work placements and volunteering opportunities, practical living skills – such as money management -, mental health support, and maths and English qualifications.
Targeted towards marginalised NEET (not in education, employment or training) 15-24-year-olds across Coventry and Warwickshire, the programme helps those who are the furthest away from getting in work and towards a future worth working for.
Shannon, 21, lives with learning difficulties – including ADHD and dyspraxia – and joined Progress to help her to gain skills and build her confidence in order to get a job.
Before I joined Progress, I didn’t like myself and struggled with my confidence and low self-esteem. I still find it difficult, but I am learning to like myself a bit more and know that I have grown in confidence.”
It is helped being round other young people who I can chat to, so I am getting more comfortable with interacting with people. I’m confident that Progress will help me to find a job – I believe in myself a lot more than I did before.
Andy Harrison, Head of Contracts at Groundwork UK, says:
We are pleased that the programme has helped to improve the lives of over 500 local young people. Progress was designed to support young people that need that extra bit of help to get a job, an apprenticeship or back into education.
The support of their dedicated Progress Coach, combined with specialist support is a proven formula from which young people can reap the benefits. We are proud of all the young people that have progressed towards a brighter future.
Progress is part of the 'Building Better Opportunities' programme and is being led by community charity, Groundwork UK alongside a partnership of leading youth charities and local partners specialising in engaging and supporting young people.
The programme is currently runs until June 2019 and is open for referrals until March 2019. To find out more about Progress, or to refer a young person, please visit: www.groundwork.org.uk/progress
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'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: www.groundwork.org.uk/progress
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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