RCVYS has provided Starting Point Reading with access to specialist youthwork training and development opportunities for their mentors and young people, and without this, they feel that they would not be as effective in their role of supporting young people into EET.
At a RCVYS event, the Starting Point Reading Project Manager had the opportunity to meet with the Chair of Reading Mencap, and a conversation then followed about the challenges of supporting young people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) into EET. This is a significant issue both nationally, and locally, as young people with LDD are disproportionately represented in the long term NEET numbers for Reading. Following the RCVYS event, Starting Point Reading and Reading Mencap developed a joint mentoring and training programme for NEET young people with LDD. Directly through this specific programme, Starting Point Reading has helped 10 young people with LDD into EET, or are actively working towards EET.
The Starting Point Reading Project Manager describes this piece of work as being a significant part of what they do i.e. Starting Point Reading has supported 52 clients (60% of which are classified as being red or amber NEETs) since September 2012. As a direct result of their work, over half of these have been sustained in work or training, or are still being actively worked with to help them into EET.
Additionally, 10 local businesses are now signed up to offer work placements to NEET young people, both now and for the future.