Birmingham City Council’s Youth Promise includes a commitment to provide specialist education, employment and training mentoring that will support vulnerable young people who are not in education employment or training (NEET) to engage and progress into and sustain education, employment or training (EET).
Core Assets Children’s Services has been commissioned by the Council to deliver intensive “Youth Promise Mentoring” to NEET young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are in care or are care leavers.
Each mentor maintains an active case load of 20 to 30 young people and provides tailored support to a combined average of 60 young people per year. Where appropriate, all progression into EET opportunities must be in line with the requirements of Raising Participation Age (RPA).
Each young person receives a 12 week pre-programme (if needed) to; actively engage the young people, identify potential EET opportunities, support partner organisations, build the individual plan, identify potential barriers and explore targeted support and accreditation top up where applicable.
A 12 week programme of sustained mentoring and support begins once the young person has entered EET – ensuring key milestones are met and solutions continue to be positive. We also hold timely sessions with the EET provider to obtain feedback on progress. Our mentors also have the capability to deliver weekly targeted group and drop in sessions focussing on CV workshops, extra skill building and introduction to partnership agencies. There is also the scope for the provision of Independent Support for those young people with SEND.