Mentors hold key to helping young jobless
A RADICAL new scheme is being pioneered in Weston-super-Mare to target long term unemployed people.
Weston College and Job Centre Plus have joined forces to offer the N-Gage 19+ programme to young people struggling to find work.
The scheme offers an eight-week intensive programme covering job skills, personal and social development, volunteering and business enterprise for 19 to 24-year-olds.
Mentors are used to support learners on the course.
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Weston College recruitment coordinator James Wilmot said: "It's been incredibly successful with all but one student completing the programme or obtaining a job. Mentors are crucial to its success. They give four hours over eight weeks which makes such a difference and we feel N-Gage could go UK-wide."
Latest Government figures show 1.03 million young people aged 16 – 24 are unemployed, including nearly 1,000 in North Somerset.
At the end of eight weeks two students signed up for the Prince's Trust Programme, one is on a full-time IT course at Weston College, another has been offered a job and the rest have decided to follow new career paths.