Young People

Your Time
(lead organisation DTS)

Your Time is a programme specially developed to support young people who are between 15 and 24 and are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or they are at risk of becoming NEET, in Derby, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.  Young people in Nottingham city can access support via the Nottingham Youth Employment Initiative.

The programme focuses on helping young people progress with their lives by giving them the skills needed to get into a job, an apprenticeship or return to full time education.

The programme supports the development of skills needed to get a job and provides careers advice and information on the types of jobs and industries available in the local area so young people can assess and explore their opportunities.

The programme covers subjects including confidence and motivation building, employability skills, managing personal finance, as well as optional subjects like completing an IT qualification.

Programme end date - July 2021

Contact: Your Time - Derby City, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

Unlocking Potential
(lead organisation Futures)

Unlocking Potential is a 3 year project, led by Futures, and will support 1448 young people who are at risk of NEET (not in education, training or employment). The service will focus on young people at risk of social exclusion and from marginalised communities providing them with one-to-one support by reducing their risk of dropping out and getting them into next steps of work, further education or training.

The Unlocking Potential partnership has existing relationships with all educational establishments across the D2N1 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire) including all 139 schools, virtual schools, alternative provision and community educational organisations. This means they can raise awareness of and offer access to the service to all educational establishments and providers across the D2N1 area, building upon existing NEET prevention provision.

The project will support young people facing significant barriers to transitioning on from statutory education and to those needing to make a change to their provision.

Programme end date - March 2023

Contact: Unlocking Potential

The projects below ran from November 2016 to March 2019 and are for information only.

Step Forward (lead CT Skills)

To increase the number of young people who are in education, employment and training with a focus on the provision of tailored information, advice and guidance; the creation of an individual assessment and learning plan delivered through a blended programme of regulated and non-regulated learning.

16-24 year olds
not in employment, education or training, inactive and unemployed

Upgrading the knowledge skills and competence of those in employment, promoting flexible learning pathways through career guidance. To increase basic skills in small to medium sized enterprises and micro businesses. To increase the number of people with technical and job specific skills and Level 3 and above.

Eligibility: 19+; Employed

CAREERS Local (lead Nottinghamshire County Council)

The D2N2 Careers Local Enterprise Grants programme which provided grants for schools to trial innovative approaches to inspiring their young people to stay in education, training and employment, has now finished (May 2019).

Careers Local has impacted over 4,000 participants and 131 educational institutions. It has brought over £1.3 million of funding into D2N2 schools, and delivered over 30,000 hours of employability provision. The programme also won an ADEPT (The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport) Award in the category “Places that work for People", recognising improvements that make a difference to local young people’s quality of life.

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