The Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveals that between October and December 2014 there were 963,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) in the UK who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
A recent House of Commons Briefing Paper indicates those who have been excluded or suspended from school are more likely to be NEET than those who have not, and those supervised by a youth offending team are 2.6 times more likely to be NEET for 6 months or more.
The education hub operates as both a client referral source and an intended outcome for clients supported by Konnect. Konnect works closely with a number of schools and colleges across the county to provide mentoring and training for students who struggle to remain in education.
Konnect were, up until very recently, contracted through Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C) and Cornwall College to deliver education on a traineeship programme, this was for 16-18 year old persons who are at risk of becoming NEET. There were 13 on this course in Redruth and St Austell, which has now moved into the work experience phase. We are about to support CN4C with mentoring and motivational support on a pre traineeship course being delivered in Redruth, for around 20 young people.
Konnect has just secured an ‘Awards for All’ lottery bid for a pilot we are calling the:
- We want to take education and conflict resolution into supported accommodation. This will be for around 12 clients who have an offending past and is supported (match funded) by CN4C who will assist with the educational delivery.
- The education will be at entry level 3 looking at skills for employment, training and personal development.
- The conflict resolution will focus on taking restorative practices into the social housing sector.