- To get into the heart of the community, access the hardest to reach people and get them into work or training.
- To provide advice and guidance to ex offenders and people at risk of offending behaviour to support them in obtaining equality of access to employment
- To provide a group programme for young people who are about to leave school
- Support the inclusion of young people aged 11-18 who are at the margins of exclusion.
- Take young people from where they are, redress the barriers they face and give them the confidence to develop skills for work.
- Overall aim is to stop offending behaviour. Part of this is to Increase the employability of young people at risk of criminal activity or with offending behaviours.
- The project covers all people between 16-65.
- Ex offenders and people at risk of offending behaviour between 16 and 25
The main focus is school age children between 14 - 16 year olds.
The majority of clients are under 16.
- looked after children and young people with various difficulties
- The main focus is on clients with offending behaviours.
- Outreach work from community centres.
- An adviser will meet with an individual and develop an action plan.
- Weekly, client led meetings. Support to find training and jobs
- Main element is the Get Ready for Work Programme
- Conduct a self assessment with the client:
- 26 week individual action plan developed.
- Training in life skills, personal skills, core skills and vocational skills is provided.
- Also College tasters, work placements and introductions to New Deal.
- The programme is structured around two elements: social/play and work.
- Work element : self esteem, emotions, hopes and ambitions, drugs, dealing with aggression, body image and employability issues such as CV and interview skills and finding apprenticeships.
A Youth Counsellor is allocated to each child referred to the project. Outreach work will then take place either in the child's home or elsewhere.
Solution Focused Therapy used.
- Get Ready for Work:
- Life skills:
- Personal and social skills development
- Vocational skills
- 11-16 year olds excluded from school. Includes outdoor activities to get rid of negativity and aggression.
- A joint action plan is developed.
- The NCH provides cognitive/behavioural support
- APEX- focus on employability skills. Provide training in terms of literacy/ numeracy, disclosure situation, the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.