Young people not in education, employment or training

'Potensial' for Young People

Potensial for Young People

More than 4,000 young people across North West Wales who are at risk of falling out of school or further education are set to benefit from a new £15 million scheme to improve their chances. The Potensial (Welsh for Potential) initiative will target 11-19 year olds who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET.

Careers Wales is one of the partners of this £15 million Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government with the scheme being led by Gwynedd Council in collaboration with Anglesey, Denbighshire and Conwy councils along with the two local Further Education colleges.

Joyce Williams, Senior Manager with Careers Wales North West said: “We have a long history of working in partnership with these local agencies and this project will give our local young people the opportunity to develop skills and gain experiences to help them succeed. It’s really important for young people these days especially to see what is possible for the future and Careers Wales’ part in this project will be to work with a small cohort of young people aged 16-18 who have been identified as hardest to reach/help.

The funding has already enabled us to recruit 5 specialist staff to work with young people aged 16-18. Our part in the project will be to focus on supporting young people in transition through personalised approaches to achieve their next step into education, employment or training and careers guidance will underpin this support. We will be working closely with our partners and offering continued support to ensure that young people sustain their outcomes.”

(Photo: Joyce Williams can be seen on the far right)

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