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Support available to help NEET young people to Progress in 2019

Young people, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) across Coventry and Warwickshire, are being encouraged to sign-up to youth employment programme, Progress, to help get them on the path to a future worth working for in 2019 and beyond.

Progress is part of 'Building Better Opportunities' and is funded by the National Lottery through the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund. It offers a tailored package of support for those aged 15-24 and live in Coventry and Warwickshire through providing one-to-one help to find a job, or get back into education, as well as practical living skills, mental health support and maths and English qualifications.

The bespoke programme is targeted only towards NEET young people across the two regions, and is led by community charity, Groundwork UK alongside specialist organisations such as Positive Youth Foundation, Coventry City Council and Voluntary Action Coventry.

Since the programme began in late 2016, over 500 young people have enrolled on the programme and have received both individual help from a dedicated 'Progress Coach' as well as group workshops and volunteer opportunities.

Darren, 19 received help from Progress last year after he was battling depression and needed support to both find employment and to improve his mental health and wellbeing. He says:

I needed help for my depression and anxiety and some different work experience. Through Progress, I was offered help with maths, English, a forklift-training course and support for job search. I am feeling better these days. Before, I didn’t want to live but now things are opening up for me.

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. She says:

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, said:

Progress is designed to help local young people who need support and guidance the most in order to be on track for a successful and fulfilling future. The help offered by their dedicated Progress Coach, combined with specialist support is a proven formula from which young people can reap the benefits and we encourage as many young people get involved with what the programme has to offer.

Referrals are currently open until Sunday 31 March 2019. To find out more, please contact Progress directly on

Notes to Editors

For more information, please contact Stacey Aplin, PR and Communications Officer at Groundwork on or call 0121 237-5815.

  • The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local group’s right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life. WebsiteTwitter │Facebook Instagram

  • 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