- The first biannual report on Experience Works, a programme for young people not in work, education or training, has been published.
- 13 young people engaged with the project over 34 sessions
- Five employers collaborated in co-designing the Explore website which contains resources for young people seeking work or training.
- 10 partner organisations received training to deliver the project across Devon.
The first of six biannual reports on Experience Works, a project to help 15 – 24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training, (NEET) has now been published, covering the set-up phase and first three months of delivery, October 2020 – March 2021.
During the first six months 13 young people engaged with the project, receiving one to one mentoring to support them towards getting interviews and work experience. All the participants on Experience Works face barriers to getting work, for example geographical remoteness, lack of qualifications, disability and mental health issues. In many cases these have been exacerbated due to increased isolation as a result of Covid 19.
With the support of employers, Devon Communities Together created the Explore website with ideas, resources and links to employment services to support young people in preparing for the world of work.
Restrictions on movement due to Covid 19 during this time limited the amount of activity and engagement with young people that was possible. Nevertheless, there was important progress in establishing the partnership and in employer engagement. The report reflects that and lays out the framework for impact measurement in the future.
Experience Works is managed by Petroc and is delivered by a partnership of organisations with a wide range of expertise and experience in working with young people across the South West. It is funded by the European Social Fund.