Successful Lancashire skills and employment programme extended

Moving On, a fully-funded programme which aims to help young people to gain employment or progress to further education and training has been extended until March 2019.

The Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP) secured £4million in April 2016 from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to work with 2,500 young people across Lancashire.

Over 2,600 young people have already received support through the Moving On programme exceeding original expectations. Almost 1,200 have since progressed onto further learning, an apprenticeship or employment. The success of the programme has resulted in it being extended to the end of March 2019, with a further £400,000 of funding awarded to Moving On.

The programme provides employability skills, one to one support in English and maths and careers advice to young people aged 15 to 18, supporting those who are, or are at risk of being, ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET).

It aims to re-engage young people through the provision of personalised packages of support to tackle attendance, attainment, performance and behavioural issues, working in partnership with colleges and training providers across Lancashire.

Rosie Fearn, operations director at LESEP, said: “Moving On has already had a significant impact on the lives of thousands of young people in Lancashire, and the provision of additional funding means even more are set to benefit. As well as improving the prospects of young people, the programme also helps to ensure that local businesses have access to a skilled workforce, supporting economic growth.

“We’d encourage people to take advantage of the programme before the funding comes to an end in March 2019.”

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