Increasing Our Skilled Workforce [Case Study]

24 April 2017

Prospects - a delivery partner of the LEP's NEET ProgrammeWE’RE pleased to report a success story from one our delivery partners at Prospects about a young person – Sammi*, who has recently received the benefits of one of our skills funding programmes.

Our Skilled and Inspired People work involves ensuring businesses have a workforce with the skills they need for a growing economy. By delivering through our partners, this includes helping those not in employment, education, or training (NEET) to find work.

In September 2016 we contracted Prospects to deliver our NEET project. Prospects provide education, employment, training and care for people at all stages of life.

At school Sammi gained a good range of GCSE passes and went onto 6th Form College. After a few months however, she realised an academic path was no longer what she wanted. She left 6th Form early with no clear idea of the type of career to pursue.

Thinking an apprenticeship might be a suitable path, she looked for openings but was unable to find a position close to her rural location. Access to transport and potential employers further afield was also proving difficult.

As part of our project, Sammi attended a local drop-in session for young people who are not in employment, education or training. .

Through the NEET Project’s local delivery partner The Clock, an independent charity which delivers services to young people and adults across North Yorkshire, Sammi undertook a programme of level 2 qualifications, IT skills and employability training.

Mentoring support from her key worker helped Sammi decide which area of work to go into, and the qualifications she took added value to her CV. She also learned Powerpoint and presentation skills which proved useful in her interviews.

With support from the Clock, Sammi secured an apprenticeship in Business Administration and is now well on her way to a successful career.

*The young person’s name has been changed for privacy.