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79 YOUNGSTERS GET JOB SUCCESS & MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR TALENT WITH PPDG

79 YOUNGSTERS GET JOB SUCCESS & MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR TALENT WITH PPDG
 
SCORES of young people who were not engaged in education, work or training have successfully secured jobs thanks to a programme delivered by Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG).
 
More than 750 young people from across Middlesbrough have engaged with the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) programme delivered by PPDG since April 2008.  To date 79 have successfully secured jobs, more than 240 have received an accredited qualification and in excess of 300 have progressed to further learning or have re-engaged with mainstream education.
 
PPDG are the NEET contract holders but work in partnership with organisations including Middlesbrough Youth Services (formerly known as Connexions), Endeavour, Job Centre Plus, local community groups and Teesside employers.
 
Unemployment amongst 14-19 year-olds is considered by Government departments to be a major factor in longer-term unemployment, lower income, teenage motherhood, depression and poor physical health.
Employment coach at PPDG, Jim Smith, said: We are absolutely delighted with the success of the programme we believe it is a result of many things including the hard work and determination of the young people, but also our close working partnerships with Middlesbrough Youth Services, employers and other community groups. 
 
We all work very closely to make sure these young people have the right support and are then given the best opportunities local employers such as KFC and Newboulds are extremely instrumental in that process as they are giving people a chance to change their lives for the better and become valuable employees.
 
In the current economic climate, this client group has found it even more difficult to access the workplace particularly across the region, which ranks in the top five of UK hotspots for NEETs.
Recent successes on the project include Charlotte Bagley, 19, from Marton, who was out of work for nine months but was determined to secure employment and took full advantage of the services and help on offer.
 
She was offered a temporary role at Debenhams in Middlesbrough and now, working as an administration clerk at Coast and Country Housing, Charlottes outlook has changed completely: It was awful being out of work and not having any prospects you have no money and its just a downward spiral from there really. 
 
My coach at PPDG encouraged me to stick at improving my skills and employability by volunteering and doing workplace practice exercises such as typing letters.  Life has completely changed for me now, I really would urge people to keep trying and to use the support thats there, I am really looking forward to Christmas as I can go shopping and pay for my own car now.
 
19-year-old Josh Murray from Pallister Park who left school without any qualifications came to PPDG without any practical work experience.
 
Keen and attentive, Josh persevered intently over a month to improve his job search and interview techniques resulting in two interviews and finally a temporary position with On-Line Bottles. Building on this experience, Josh was able to go on and secure a permanent job as a recycling operative with Biffa.

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