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A highly commended Welfare-to-Work initiative is urging unemployed teenagers to take charge of their own futures after national figures revealed unemployment has risen to 10.3pc - costing the country billons.

The number of 16-to-18-year-olds leaving education and not finding work in the UK has risen dramatically as a result of the highest unemployment rates since the 1990s. Following a glowing recommendation from Ofsted for their work in this field, Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), is urging teenagers to take advantage of available training initiatives in an effort to reverse the situation.

The recent Ofsted recommendation praises the work of the organisation for having a blend of activities, personal support and courses to improve literacy, numeracy and social skills for participants on the NEETS and E2E programmes run by the company. The report positively highlights the personal approach staff bring to its programmes when meeting individual needs of the learners.

Area operations director David Ward commented: These new unemployment statistics for teenagers are staggering and clearly highlight the need for youngsters to take advantage of the help available in order to capitalise on their future prospects. In total there are more than 208,000 teenagers not in training or employment in the UK, the equivalent of one in ten people.

We are in a tremendous position to work with people at a younger age and the benefit can be a real positive impact on their lives. No-one asking for support is ever turned away and we are demonstrating high rates of success through providing individual tuition.

Young people should grasp the opportunity to develop themselves through the programmes we offer giving them the optimum opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Such a client is 17 year-old Amy Smith from Thorntree who left school at 16 with no formal qualifications. Falling pregnant with triplets she felt that she had lost out on her latter education but with the support of a coach and her own sheer determination, Amy now is completing her training to become a tiler with the Beyond Group. More importantly she can now provide financially for nine-month-old Alfie, Alexi and Leah after childcare arrangements were made.

Working in partnership with the Learning Skills Council and Connexions, PPDG has made a commitment to target and assist the youth market with bespoke initiatives, providing a range of employment and training options. These include: E2E, a 22-week introduction to work course and NEETS programmes aimed at reducing social exclusion and encouraging re-engagement with education. Those who are identified at being at risk of exclusion are also embraced.

Both programmes empower the youngsters, grow confidence and self esteem whilst enabling informed choices to be made about future direction.

Mr Ward said: E2E and NEETS are effective programmes for those who cannot decide what to do next or feel they may have been passed by. We have a proven record of bringing out the best in people by raising them to the standard whereby they are in control of their own destiny.


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