had not been in education, employment or training for 3 months. She struggled with anxiety and low confidence; she had been told by her last college that they were unable to offer provision that could meet her needs.Somerset Skills and Learning started working with Nina on the Somerset Skills for Young People contract.

Heart of the South West Skills for Young People is funded by the European Union, via the European Social Fund and Education Skills Funding Agency offering support for young people aged 15-18 who are not in education, employment or training. The project activities focuses on enterprise and entrepreneurial skills whilst providing positive outcomes such as; emotional readiness to apply learning, skills & behaviours to further learning or work; higher self-esteem; self-motivation to remove barriers to success; development of employability and skills; building independent learning skills, employability skills and potential, and resilience.

Nina gained confidence through setting small, achievable targets and support via mentoring. This allowed Nina to feel listened to so that she could gain effective career guidance which helped her to progress into a Traineeship Programme as well as attending work experience at Herbs on the Hill. Through this project Nina has increased her confidence to speak to customers and feels proud of her achievements.

Ninas’ work experience placement would like to employ her as she has become a real asset. The company is continuing to grow therefore in future there may be a paid opportunity for Nina.

Somerset County Skills For Young People is financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.

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