Some Neet ideas to give jobless young new hope

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WIGAN education bosses say they are trying to give school leavers the best chance in life after research suggested that more than one in three young people nationally rarely leave the house.

The survey by the UCU lecturers’ union of youngsters not in education, employment or training - so-called Neets - found a third had experienced depression and more than a third hardly went out. Many feel isolated and are lacking in confidence.

But Wigan Council says it is working hard to give young people the best chance of bettering themselves.

Sue Astbury, its head of intervention and prevention, said: “Wigan Council takes seriously the support young people need to access education, training and employment opportunities, and has a number of services in place to target those needing help.

“For those who are aged 18 and over the Skills Shop located in the Life Centre provides information advice and guidance services and courses to support unemployed residents, and can be contacted on 01942 827826.

“The Gateway Service provides early help and support to children, young people up to the age of 19 and are able to provide information, advice and support to 16 to 18-year-old young people who are not in education, employment or training.

“The service offers additional support to young people to overcome any barriers that are preventing employment, education or training, this might be practical such as writing CVs or interview preparation, or help around debt advice, housing, health.

“They can support with signposting to services and opportunities including training and further education and are available to offer information, advice and signposting following GCSE and A-level results.

“During the last two and a half years Wigan Council has also been delivering ESF funded programmes to engage those young people needing most help in the borough.”

Contact Gateway on 01942 486262 or email gatewayreferrals@wigan.gov.uk