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4U Programme

8th Sep 2009

Worcester Evening News Tuesday 8th September 2009

A NEW programme offering support and training for young people has been launched in the two counties.

The programme, called 4U has been set up to help young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) to find their feet and succeed in the future.

The scheme is managed by Worcester College of Technology and funded by the Learning and Skills Council’s and West Midlands Leaders Board’s regional European Social Fund (ESF) programme.

Working with a consortium of training providers from across the two counties, the programme aims to reach out to hard-to-help young people, the majority being 16 – 18 years old. It offers one-to-one support and flexible, hands-on training. The support provided includes help with many issues facing young people such as social exclusion and anti-social behaviour and encourages them on to a vocational path to help secure their future prospects.

It is hoped that over a period of 18 months, 4U will support more than 150 young people in the two counties.

Zelma Williams, deputy head of faculty at Worcester College of Technology, added: “There are a number of reasons why young people in our region find themselves without a placement or job. These range from low self-esteem and long-term health problems, to substance abuse and crime. As the number of at-risk young people in Herefordshire and Worcestershire increases and the job market becomes more competitive, it is more important than ever that the right provision is available. 4U aims to do just that, providing flexible tailored support to young people and acting as a stepping stone to a better future.”

Across the West Midlands, the ESF programme is providing £22 million to help more than 7,000 vulnerable and disaffected young people.

Motov8 is one of the training providers supporting the scheme in Worcestershire. It helps teach youngsters mechanical skills. Mark Badger, chief executive, said: “4U is in its early stages, but it is already having a positive impact on young people in the region.

“Motov8 works with some of the hardest-to-reach young people across the region, providing vocational training in motor vehicle maintenance and repair to engage and encourage a change in attitude towards training and employment. Motov8 is a recognised Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) centre, so all the training we provide leads to certified qualifications to work within the motor industry.”

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