Staff training supporting success of projects helping Lancashire’s NEET young people and unemployed adults into work or training


Lancashire’s colleges, training providers and specialist organisations recently came together at Brockholes Reserve in Preston to learn about a variety of topics, helping them to support Lancashire’s young people, adults and employers as part of the ‘Moving On’ and ‘Access to Employment’ projects.

The projects, funded by the European Social Fund and managed by the Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership, are helping young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and unemployed adults into work, an apprenticeship or further training.

Delivered through a network of 33 partners including further education and sixth form colleges, training providers and specialist organisations, the projects have already successfully supported 1800 young people and 700 adults into work, an apprenticeship or further training in Lancashire.

The continuing professional development (CPD) day provided the opportunity for delegates to attend a series of short workshops on topics including understanding bullying, self-employment and enterprise advice, dyslexia, child sexual exploitation, supporting individuals at risk of suicide and anxiety.

Robin Newton-Syms, Executive Director of The Lancashire Colleges, said “A key strength of our partnership is in its breadth. With many different types of organisation involved in our delivery network we are keen to ensure that learning and development opportunities are available for all.

“These CPD opportunities are vital in supporting the success of the projects by providing our delivery partner staff with knowledge, tools and techniques to help identify, develop strategies and provide support for the particular challenges faced by those young people and adults who we hope to benefit from our two ESF projects.”

Andrea Gardner, Myerscough College said “These workshops are so valuable to my understanding of NEET and vulnerable young adults. I have more knowledge now to assist decision making and implement actions.”

Annette Upton, Preston’s College said “Excellent training day, well prepared and delivered. It was very informative and delivered appropriately and sensitively. The venue was fabulous with great facilities.”

The event, the second in a series of planned CPD activities, was organised by the LESE Partnership, a collaboration between The Lancashire Colleges and the Lancashire Work Based Learning Executive Forum. The LESE Partnership, through its network of partners, is delivering the ‘Moving On’ and ‘Access to Employment’ projects with the support of Preston’s College as the Lead Accountable Body.