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24th Feb 2017

According to a recent report by Price Waterhouse Cooper, 17% of 16-24 year olds are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).  Youth Worker Stephen Todd says negative portrayals by the media of gloomy prospects for young people is hitting them hard.  Stephen understands the pressures young people face, not only does he work with young people, but four years ago he was one of them and unsure where to turn.  He has just been promoted to Team Leader at local charity Adviza, to deliver the 12 week Prince’s Trust programme in Slough. 

“Many young people feel trapped in their circumstances and don’t know how to change it or who to turn to for help.  They face peer pressure; issues about body image and stress from schoolwork.  And more young people than ever are missing out on potential career opportunities as they transition from mainstream education into the world of work,” says Stephen.  The London School of Economics has previously highlighted the issues of youth unemployment and the ‘scarring’ effect it can have on the long term prospects of young people: resulting in lower pay; higher unemployment; reduced opportunities and greater mental health problems.

Stephen says, “I found The Prince’s Trust Team project invaluable for me.  At the time, I had recently been made redundant and I found myself struggling to get a job.  I didn’t know how to move on and how to focus on potential career options, I just knew I enjoyed working in a youth club a few years ago. The Prince’s Trust programme helped bridge that gap.”  Stephen is embracing the challenge of his new role which officially started this month as the latest course starts in Slough.  12 young people, who Stephen has personally recruited using his links to various youth organisations, will be put through their paces over the next few weeks.  The course will give them the chance to gain work experience and valuable practical skills including a work placement and a residential week.  “I just feel passionate about re-engaging these kids and hope that they can see me as a kind of mentor and understand that with the right help you can turn your life around,” says Stephen.

To find out more information about the Prince’s trust Team 12 week programme that Adviza delivers contact Lee Teideman, Delivery Manager on 0774 7760882.

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