Scheme aims to motivate teens

Mentors from Barnsley's GAZ project helping young people towards jobs and training.

Mentors from Barnsley's GAZ project helping young people towards jobs and training.

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A BLUEPRINT for boosting the fortunes of young unemployed people is to kick into gear in South Yorkshire thanks to funding from UK Steel Enterprise.

Latest figures show about 20 per cent of young people aged 16 to 24 in Barnsley are not in employment, education or training.

Now Grimethorpe Activity Zone is setting out to do something about it.

Working with the new Shafton Advanced Learning Centre in Lundwood, GAZ is looking to identify 15-year-olds and help motivate them towards success.

Dave Taylor, GAZ founder, said: “If you can get them on a course, it’s money well spent in the long run, compared to the alternative of them potentially going through court or ending up in jail.

“We’ve lost a lot of young lives in our area and that needs to stop. In the last recession, young people in our area were entering their 30s still hanging around the streets causing trouble. I can see that happening again if we’re not careful, which is why our new programme is so important.”

GAZ, which is backed by a grant from UK Steel Enterprise, works with young people who have struggled to make an impact in mainstream education, by offering a more one-to-one, intensive learning environment.

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