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Young job seekers firmly in the driving seat

Young job seekers firmly in the driving seat
A group of young West Midlands job seekers are firmly in the driving seat after earning free lessons through an innovative scheme which offers teenagers help on the road to securing work.
A group of 18 Foundation Learners in Nuneaton, who have enrolled on the scheme through Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), have been given dozens of free driving lessons after overcoming barriers to achieve their goals.
With the help of employment and training experts PPDG, members of the group have gained qualifications which have improved their chances of securing work or an apprenticeship scheme.
Foundation Learning takes an innovative approach to encourage young people to improve their qualifications which will make them more likely to gain employment despite the tough economic climate. To reward their determination and hard work, the scheme offers them the opportunity to have up to 10 free driving lessons delivered locally by Acclaim Driving School.
Chrissie Dunham-Grant, team leader at PPDGs Nuneaton office, said They have all done brilliantly in achieving qualifications to enable them to earn these free driving lessons and they are all excited about the possibility of learning to drive.
One of the Foundation Learners has, however, declined lessons as he has already secured work and has asked for a bicycle instead so he can cycle in to work to keep fit. It is a fantastic incentive for them as they try to gain qualifications and improve their chances of securing employment.
Delivered by employment and training experts PPDG, the initiative is already achieving excellent results with young people gaining important qualifications and securing sustainable jobs. Foundation Learning opportunities are available to 16 to 18-year-olds who have the chance to take part in a range of activities and gain qualifications.
The qualifications are offered in bite-size chunks, with reward and recognition events to help keep them inspired and motivated. Some of the qualifications are delivered through sport and music.
She added: Foundation Learning is a tailored approach to the needs of young people to help them into employment. It is an entry level, to level one, programme which offers personalized and flexible learning opportunities in vocational, personal and social development and functional skills. It gives each learner an individualized learner journey which will support them into a range of destinations which can be employment, apprenticeships and level two qualifications. It has proved to be a great success since PPDG adopted the initiative last year.
PPDGs team of employment experts provides advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives and many ESF funded programmes. PPDG came fourth in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2011.


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