Jobs funding boost for young

The NEET drop in centre at Cafe Laare, Lord Street
The NEET drop in centre at Cafe Laare, Lord Street
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Millions of pounds are to be ploughed into getting South Yorkshire’s jobless young on to the career ladder.

The Big Lottery has awarded just short of £10million to projects designed to guide NEETs – young people aged 18 to 24 not in education, employment or training – into the world of work.

Charity Sheffield Futures, which has been given the cash, will deliver the Talent Match scheme across the Sheffield City Region, which includes Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

Young men and women out of work for more than 12 months will be prioritised for one-to-one support.

Consortiums have been formed in each target area to bring Talent Match to a local level, while employers are being enlisted to take part to ensure candidates can fill skills gaps and opportunities.

Neil Coulson, project lead for Talent Match in Doncaster, said: “Talent Match presents a fantastic opportunity to change the lives of young people not in education, employment or training across the region, especially in these challenging economic times.

“By providing a range of support such as coaching, mentoring and specialist advice and help, the programme will be a route into employment and enterprise for many of our young people who are furthest away from the jobs market.”

Steve Kirk, of the Rotherham Children Young People and Families voluntary sector consortium, said: “I am delighted to be the Rotherham partner for the Sheffield City Region Talent Match programme.

“We are looking forward to working with providers to help locate and work with the hardest-to-reach young people in our borough not currently engaging in employment, education or training.

“The funding will make a huge difference.”