NOW at record levels, figures released last week (November 24th) show that England has 1,163,000 people aged from 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training (NEET).
South Essex College is helping lead the fight back in south Essex, tackling the problem of NEETs with a range of new short courses starting in January, which will be highlighted at an event on Wednesday 7th December at the College’s Thurrock Campus, between 1pm – 3pm.
Neil Coates, 14-19 Development Manager for South Essex College, is one of the key people helping to make a real difference in the fortunes of young people, who feel let down and disillusioned,, and is organising a major event to show the disaffected youth of south Essex that there are options available to them and that they aren’t being forgotten about.
The ‘Change Your Direction’ event will allow young people to discuss their options and the wide range of short courses open to them. Courses include everything from catering, hairdressing and public services to business logistics and are offered across Basildon, Southend and Thurrock.
Neil said: “The event is extremely informal and is very much about giving young people the opportunity to speak to tutors, get vital careers advice and find out how these courses, which start in January and run anything from six weeks in length to a year, can move them in the right direction.”
He added: “As a rule 16-18 year olds, and indeed their parents, are under the impression that education is very inflexible. Many believe that if they do not start a course in September they will not be able to start one until the following September, but this isn’t always the case.”
Last year the College, which has campuses in Basildon, Southend and Thurrock, had 100 16-18 year olds start courses between November and June and close to 400 starts in the summer.
Neil concluded: “This year we would like to much improve on these figures and help young people either get back in to education or provide them with the qualifications they need to get into employment.”
For the full list of courses and to book your place, visit: www.southessex.ac.uk/inyearstarts/ or call 0845 52 12345.
A great example of a course that the College are developing to ensure local young people have the relevant skills for employment opportunities in their area, is the Business Logistics qualification.
With the development of DP World, set to be the biggest port in Europe, currently being constructed in Stanford-le-Hope, and the ever growing logistic operations coming out of the Port of Tilbury, there is a growing need for qualified staff to strategically look at the logistic operations and supply chain involved in the European and Worldwide market.
The course that is starting in January, will give students knowledge of warehousing skills, transport, distribution and storage, organisation and Technology in the Logistic Sector as well as a variety of
Business related units.
This six month programme will give young people the opportunity to progress on to the next level of the course in September and, like all the other courses on offer, have progression routes open to them.