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Updated Start Today booklet **New**


If you’re aged 16 to 19 years, and thinking about making changes in 2017, our new Start Today booklet contains everything you need to get into training or employment.  

Click to find out more:  http://www.help4teens.co.uk/start

Many thanks
Lynsey Fleming
Marketing and Information Officer
Planning and Service Strategy
Durham County Council
County Hall, Rm 2/24-31, County Durham DH1 5UG
Tel - 03000 261 823
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Talent Match Helps More Young People Find Work And Training **Current**
Two young men from County Durham who underwent a training scheme and  and then were taken on by a local company have told unemployed over 18’s how they did it.

Kieron Johnson, 21 and Scott Musgrave, 25, both from Newton Aycliffe, spoke to visitors at the National Careers Service event in Bishop Auckland to encourage them to sign up to the Talent Match Scheme. Northern communities’ charity DISC runs the Talent Match programme in County Durham for local young people.
The scheme provides tailored support with job searches, funding, training and work experience for people aged between 18 and 24 who are struggling to find work.

Kieron said: “Before working with Talent Match, I was stuck in dead end jobs.
“Now, after working with people on-site with different trades and ages, I’m much more confident.
“I’m happy that I’ve got a real job that offers career progression and getting my Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card means I can work on building sites across the country.”
Kieron now works for More Time, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Newton Aycliffe. He spoke to young people who showed an interest in the programme.

Scott has also started working for More Time. He said “this is the first proper job  I’ve had. I never thought that I’d be able to do something like this. Or to be able to speak to other people to persuade them to get some good training.”
Kate Thompson, DISC’s Youth Coach, manages the Talent Match programme.
She said: “Kieron and Scott’s positive attitude helped recruit more than 30 people at the event for one-to-one sessions, to begin the process of securing training or employment.”

The event was organised by The National Careers Service and was held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall. As well as Talent Match, well-known organisations including the NHS, HM Revenue and Customs and The Army were also in attendance.

SHAID & Durham Works Training Project **

We have a new project at SHAID.

Could I ask you to advertise attached poster in the Durham Voice please.

Brighter future for youth employment with DurhamWorks **Current**
Almost 6,000 unemployed 16—24 year olds are to benefit after Durham County Council secured £17m to kick start the DurhamWorks project to help them on their pathway to employment.
DurhamWorks is a dedicated service for all young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment, or training including young people with caring responsibilities.   It provides information, help and guidance to help young people get on in education, work and in life.

It’s a complete package of support that provides young people with all the help and support they need to reach their potential.  Young people will be able to access an array of activities and personalised support to enter and remain in training or employment (including self-employment and social enterprises). And there is specialist and mainstream training and education to support them on their career pathway.

With a range of tailored activities and pathways DurhamWorks can support in a wide range of ways to help young people move into traineeships, work experience, volunteering opportunities, supported internships, apprenticeships and much more.
There is additional support to help young people who need extra help, with specialist support to remove any barriers to taking part. This may include putting support in place to help manage caring responsibilities or childcare; or getting support for managing behaviour or substance misuse. 

Supportive and non- judgemental DurhamWorks highly qualified and experienced careers advisors will provide tailored one-to-one support throughout the journey. And there is support for local employers to help them create meaningful opportunities for young people who are signed up to the DurhamWorks project.

If you would be interested in finding out more about how DurhamWorks can help you or you would like to make an appointment to see an advisor contact us on 03000 262619 or email DurhamWorks@durham.gov.uk

Sport Works Traineeship programme looking for additional learners **Current**
Having recently started delivering their Traineeship programme in the NE, Sports Works is looking for additional learners who are 16-18 and who operate below level 3 academically (i.e. below A level standard).
A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.  At its core are work preparation training, English and Maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.  And because Sports Works, as the name suggests, specialises in sport, they state that this programme can help with getting into this highly competitive sector.
Does your organisation work with potential learners who could benefit from this programme?  Find out more.



Youth Employment Initiative - **Current**

Hi everyone, I’d like to update you on recent YEI developments.  The good news is that DWP published the YEI specification on Friday 27th March.  The spec is here for your information - https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/access-to-employment-project-call-north-east
As you are aware, the SFA decided that they couldn’t provide the match funding needed to release the YEI funding in County Durham.  The result of this is that any organisation bidding for YEI will have to demonstrate that they, and any Delivery Partners named in a bid, have the necessary match funding for eligible activities in the county.  Following this announcement, and considering the time and effort made by you in the development of the YEI approach and detailed interventions, the Council has decided to act as an applicant and lead a partnership bid for the funding.

Helen Radcliffe
Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) Development Manager 
Improving Progression of Young People Team
Durham County Council
The Work Place
Heighington Lane
Aycliffe Business Park
Newton Aycliffe
Tel: 01325 375916 or 07584 581615 

Updated version of the County Durham Participation Plan 2013-2016 **Current**

Please find attached an updated version of the County Durham Participation Plan 2013-2016 for your information

Youth Employment Initiative Update **Current**

The timescales are slipping for this £20m European funding programme but The Improving Progression team are keen to talk to VCS organisations regarding their participation in this important programme for Co Durham. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.

Evaluation of Youth Contract for 16- to 17-year-olds **Current**

Please see below a link to the Evaluation of Youth Contract for 16- to 17-year-olds as promised from Melanie Horner at the last Participation Plan Implementation Group meeting.

Durham County - Simpl Challenge **Updated**

Youth unemployment across County Durham has been too high for too long. It is damaging for young people and damaging for the economy.
We need new ideas to help tackle youth unemployment in County Durham from all parts of the community. The County Durham Economic Partnership and the Federation of Small Businesses in the North East want to hear the ideas of young people in the County, parents, grandparents, teachers, businesses, charities and everybody that has an interest in youth unemployment.
We want to hear all ideas whether big or small. Every idea gets posted on to the Challenge page we have created with everyone having a chance to vote on what they think are the best ones. 
Help us develop new ideas to smash youth unemployment and ensure that all young people have the opportunity to meet their ambitions in County Durham.
Back on Track Study Programme **Current**
My name is David Laidler, I work for the Sunderland Foundation of Light delivering the Back on Track course. This course works with 16-19 year old NEET learners and is designed to improve learner’s chances of getting work and progressing into further education, by developing work and life skills. The course includes a BTEC Level 2 in Personal Social Development , IT qualification, invaluable work experience and the chance to improve their Math’s and English up to a Level 2.
As well as this learners could be entitled to a free weekly bursary, free dinners, get all travel money reimbursed and have the chance to get free match tickets for each home game.

We are based at Gibside and enrolment is ongoing. The reason I am emailing is to see if you can help promote this course please. I have attached a flyer to this email. If you have any queries at all please feel free to contact me. My mobile is 07795481796.

Youth Employment Initiative Presentation **Current**
Following the Improving Progression Partnership Executive Group meeting which took place this morning, please see the attached presentation on the Youth Employment Initiative.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Linda Bailey or Stephen Crass.

Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) **Current**

Hello Colleagues,  all of you I am sure will be aware of the opportunity which is being made available to young people in County Durham as a result of County Durham qualifying for funding for a YEI programme.  A considerable amount of work was undertaken earlier in the year working with our partners to agree priorities and themes.   

The thematic areas agreed were:
Theme 1:             Raising Aspirations for Vulnerable Young People
Theme 2:             Peer Mentoring
Theme 3:             Supporting Transition
Theme 4:             Supporting Young People’s Employment
Theme 5:             World of Work/Enterprise
Theme 6:             Re-engagement Activities
Since we started working together on this the DfE have advised us that although the target age group  is 15-24, we cannot work with any young people age 15 who are in education, even if they are at risk of NEET.  As  you will see for the attached documents some of our proposals were focused on the preventative agenda through work in schools.  Obviously now we have to re-visit our plans and refocus the activity accordingly  and get the project outlines to the next stage where they can inform a commissioning  specification. 
In the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards
Christine Usher
Provision, Planning and Analysis Manager
Improving Progression of Young People Team
Children and Adults Services
Durham County Council
The Workplace
Heighington Lane
Aycliffe Business Park
Newton Aycliffe
County Durham
Telephone: 01325 375913
Mobile: 0750022568

Mapping of Engagement Programmes for Young People - Publication **Current**
The document has been published on the EFA’s gov.uk website and can be found here: Mapping of engagement programmes for young people.

The purpose of the publication is to provide a summary for local authorities, educational institutions and other 16-19 providers of engagement programmes that are available across England.  The document details the main features of each engagement programme and notes whether programmes of support can be combined for the benefit of the young person. 
As you are aware, ESF and Youth Contract programmes have clearly defined eligibility criteria and programme design but due to the nature of the NEET cohort, there may be some exceptional circumstances when it is deemed appropriate to maximise the individual’s support offer, that a young person participates in both programmes.  The document provides clarification that there are no double funding implications in these cases.  If this programme combination is identified as the most appropriate support offer for a young person, they should be recruited to Youth Contract provision first and then signposted to ESF provision – this does not however apply in the reverse. 
The EFA led on development of the mapping engagement documents and we worked very closely with a number of other government departments (eg DWP, YJB, DCLG and The Big Lottery Fund) to produce the final documents.  Information is up to date as at July 2014 and the relevance and value of the information will be reviewed quarterly going forward.  Please share the link above with your wider networks as appropriate.
If you have any queries about the mapping engagement document or any early general feedback on it, please do get in touch via the YP Northern inbox: ypnorthern.efa@education.gsi.gov.uk
In response to recent feedback from Youth Contract providers and local authorities across the country, the EFA has developed a suite of documents which map government funded engagement programmes that are available to support participation of young people aged 16-18 years old (up to 25 years old for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) in education and training. 

Talent Match North East **Current**

Talent Match is a new approach to support for long term unemployed young people. The programme is Big Lottery funded and is designed to provide 18 to 24 year olds with additional support and guidance to get them back into education, employment and training. WISE Group are the prime provider for the NE region.
Talent Match is not a “course” but a method of offering young people new ways to tackle their individual barriers and to set their own targets to get where they want to be in life. Young people will have major input into how they move forward; Talent Match will recognise that every young person is an individual and deal with barriers and issues with that in mind.

Groundwork North East, as a delivery partner for Talent Match North East, are  committed to putting young peoples’ ideas, needs and futures at the forefront of everything we do and using those ideas to develop our own practice as we move forward with the programme.
Groundwork North East Talent Match is now “live” with Youth Coaches appointed and ready to roll! We are contracted to deliver 90 places in Durham from now until end of December 2015 which is the review date with WISE Group and Big Lottery and have a target of 20% into sustainable employment. To maximise the length in time of support to young people we aspire to recruit the majority between now and October.  To date we have 18 young people engaged and accessing Talent Match support.
Youth Coach
Our Youth Coaches will support young people for up to 2 years to achieve their goals through playing on their strengths and ideas to identify the right path for them to improve their skills and prospects and to ultimately move into sustainable employment. The Youth Coach’s role is to help young people who are currently unemployed or are unhappy with their current situation to find their way into employment that they enjoy and to support the development of skills they need to get them where they want to be. We will work alongside our partners including Jobcentre Plus, Colleges, One Point, Employers, the Voluntary Sector and training providers to maximise opportunity and outcomes for young people who are referred. We will also encourage social action in the community as part of a young person’s journey to raise their profile and break down the barriers that exist within it.
Young people will receive one to one support and we will work with young people at a time, place and pace that suit them and their needs. 
We are committed to putting young peoples’ ideas, needs and futures at the forefront of everything we do and using them to develop our own practice as we move forward with the programme.

Aged between 18 and 24 and currently unemployed for at least a year
Not fully engaging in current destination and not happy with the way things are going
The offer

·         Work placements in areas of work that a young person wants to try
·         Advice and support to get young people into a job they want to be in and that is sustainable.
·         Up to date knowledge of courses and training opportunities across the County
·         Job matching using our existing employer networks
·         A chance to develop existing skills through social action and by engaging with other young people.
·         Access to the “Enable Fund” to support transition into employment or training e.g. to purchase tools or equipment, to pay for interview clothes or anything considered if it will support positive progression
·         A relaxed and unbiased way of working that will work to fit the needs and aspirations of young people

Complete a referral form or contact either Youth Coach

Hugh.OGrady@groundwork.org.uk  – (0191 5273333) – County Durham and Sunderland

Jonathan.McGee@groundwork.org.uk  – (07587778449) – North Durham and Gateshea

Click for the prospectus

Referral Form