Driving Our Economy by Reconnecting Young People with Employment [Case Study]

HELPING drive the economy by increasing our skilled workforce is one of the key area’s of our work here at The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership.


Through our Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) project, for example, we are helping young people reconnect with education, training and the world of work.

One such young person is Adam, who with the help of our delivery partners FutureWorks Yorkshire, has been helped to  obtain training, qualifications and a place at college this September.

‘’Prior to attending FutureWorks, Adam had struggled significantly within education settings. This had made him quite socially anxious and withdrawn. He was initially reluctant to return to education’’, said Jayne Coyne, Adam’s Leaving Care Worker.

Adam from Scarborough, suffered from a series of housing and unemployment issues; he was estranged from his parents, living on a friend’s sofa, had no GCSE’s and was using recreational drugs, on a daily basis.

Adam required support around a number of areas and help with his future aspirations. A friend’s mother recommended that Adam sought support and he was referred to the FutureWorks programme.

Through FutureWorks, Adam was supported to complete his Functional Skills, Maths and Customer Service Level 1 qualifications. He was also able to work in a team and participate in community projects.

Enjoying the practical work, new friendships and growing in confidence, Adam applied to the Community Works Education Programme which he successfully completed, as well as securing a place to start college this September.

Adam has also been helped to move into supported lodgings with the hope of getting his own flat in the near future. Excellent news!

‘’It has been wonderful to see how much Adam has progressed at FutureWorks. He has gained so much in confidence and social skills and is enjoying the opportunity to develop his practical skills’’, said Jayne.

‘’We want all our young people to reach their potential and Adam’s story is a great example of how our ESF project for those Not in Education, Employment or Training is making a real difference to the lives of young people who need a little more support to transition into further education, training or work’’, says Dr Ruth Smith, Chair of the LEPs Skills and Employability Programme Board.

Our NEET programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and delivering until July 2018 in Scarborough, Ryedale, Hambleton and Richmondshire. It is being delivered by Prospect Services who provide education, employment, training and care for people at all stages of life, through a network of delivery partners.