Bradley was 16 years old and was not in education, employment or training. Bradley knew that he had poor Maths and English qualifications but he wanted to find an apprenticeship within carpentry. He was unsure about how to find the right apprenticeship for him and he was unsure of going to an Further Education College to gain such an apprenticeship.

Paignton Sec started working with Bradley on the Devon County 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.

With support Bradley was able to gain functional skills within Maths and English, contacting an employer who had a suitable apprenticeship position and also contacting a training provider who could support with the training element of the apprenticeship (within the workplace). In addition Paignton Sec advised the small business of support from ESFA regarding taking on an apprentice.

Bradley is no longer NEET and is now completing his level 2 apprenticeship with the potential to go on to complete a level 3 and become self-employed in the long term.

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

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