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Jobless young people in East of England to benefit from new support programme

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Employability and training experts The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have been awarded the contract to support young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) or those deemed to be potential NEETs in the East of England

The programme, funded by ESF (European Social Fund), Education Funding Agency and the Skills Funding Agency, will focus on the individual needs of young people, with the ultimate aim of getting them ready for work, education or training. It is estimated that in the East of England region there were over 10,000* young people classed as NEET in 2012.

The contract worth around £3.9 million has now started and will run until July 2015. It is expected that 1833 young people will receive support from this programme.

The programme will focus on two core groups; those aged 16-19 and classed as NEET and those aged 14-16 in danger of becoming NEET. We can also support people between 19 and 24 who have been assessed as having a learning difficulty and/or disability.

TCHC has experience of delivering support to young people and adults who are unemployed and have skilled, qualified and highly experienced tutors and personal advisers. Each young person will have their own Personal Adviser who will put together an individual learning plan designed to meet the needs of the individual.

There are three main strands to the support offered and they are around: functional skills development such as maths, English and ICT; employability skills such as communication, interview techniques, behavioural development; and work readiness such as work placements and volunteering.

TCHC Chief Executive Dale Morgan said: “We are excited to have won this contract. We have a proven track record of supporting this group and can’t wait to see the positive impact of the programme. It is so important to support this group of young people and give them the opportunity to develop and gain confidence and give them every chance to succeed. 

“Our programme is developed for the individual, it looks to solve the challenges they face and give them the confidence to progress, get employment, get an Apprenticeship or return to education.”

Mark Williams, Director of Youth Programmes added “This programme provides the young person with a tailored programme to meet their needs. They get a Personal Adviser, someone they can talk to and with their help, put together a plan that will help them succeed. It might be that they need more confidence, motivation, better communication skills, improve their English or maths. That’s what we can provide, practical but essential support that they need, as well as real life work experience.”  

The programme is available in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire

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Cambs 16-17 year olds get support to kick start their future

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A new programme for Cambridge young people aged 16-17 is starting to see significant results. The focus is on those currently not employed, in education or receiving any training of which there are 1000 in Cambridgeshire*

Called GAPs it aims to help these young people gain confidence, a qualification and work experience, the things they need to kick start their future. Funded by the Education Funding Agency, it is expected that all those who complete will gain a NVQ Level 1 or 2 along with Employability Skills, Functional Skills and work placement.

Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to West Norfolk

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To coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) has organised additional workshops for people in the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area considering setting up a business or becoming self-employed. It is an opportunity for local residents to join the world in supporting enterprise and entrepreneurs.

Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from 18-24 November themed “take the next step” and has a wide range of enterprise activities available.

£130 000 of funding made available to support new start-ups

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Business start-up experts The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have been awarded a £130,000 contract to support would be entrepreneurs across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.

The contract has been awarded to TCHC by the Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Councils, to support residents who are thinking about becoming self-employed or starting their own business.

Support for Budding West Norfolk Entrepreneurs

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According to a recent survey 38%* of adults have seriously considered becoming self employed or starting a business.  However only 8% are in the process of doing so, with the fear of failure being quoted as the main barrier. 

There is however support for local future entrepreneurs through the Enterprise Norfolk programme. TCHC, with support from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council are running a free Building Your Business Idea workshop to help locals over the age of 18, make the first step.