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Young people one step closer to success

Young people one step closer to successA programme to help twelve unemployed young people in the Vale of Glamorgan build their confidence and develop their employability skills has achieved positive results for those taking part.

Funded by Cymorth, the representative body for providers of housing related support services in Wales, and managed by Careers Wales, the One Step Closer project saw local organisations join forces to form a multi-agency team to help the young people move forward with their career plans.

Local partners providing support included work based learning providers ITEC, MPCT and The People Business Wales along with Vibe Creative, the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service, Gibbonsdown Communities First and Careers Wales.

Based at Holm View Leisure centre, the seven week programme included motivational workshops to help young people brush up on their literacy, numeracy and computer skills, get involved in physical activities to develop their communication and team working skills and take part in an employability workshop where they learnt more about the skills necessary for getting, keeping and doing well in a job.

The teenagers also took part in a community project and received support, if needed, to deal with any personal issues which might hinder their progress in securing suitable work or training.

Towards the end of the programme, Vibe Creative provided support for the young people to learn about film making, enabling each of them to produce a short film which told their stories, their aspirations and their desire for change. The films were showcased at a celebration event at the end of the course.

Mark Willmore of Careers Wales who co-ordinated the project said: “It’s very pleasing to note that despite the difficult economic climate, seven of the twelve young people who took part in this programme have been successful in securing employment or work based training. The five remaining young people will continue to receive regular mentoring support from Careers Wales through a member of our Learning Coach team as they move closer to obtaining the right opportunity for them.”

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