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Tees Valley councils win funding to help the lost generation of the recession
MORE than £2m funding has been secured to help more than 1,000 “NEETs” back into work and training across Darlington and Teesside.
Mentoring, work placements, help with English and Maths issues and help with drug misuse will be among a raft of measures designed to help unemployed youngsters.
Young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) are seen as the lost generation of the recession – and five councils have now secured funding to help.
Stockton Council has led a bid on behalf of the Tees Valley authorities – including Darlington – to secure nearly £2.2m from the European Social Fund, which will help more than 1,000 14-19 year olds who are out of work and education.
The cash will also be spent on support for homeless youngsters, personal and community development projects, mentored work placements within local councils and in-work learning.
Councillor Ann McCoy, cabinet member for children and young people at Stockton Council, said: “Many young people have so much a lot to contribute but sometimes need a support to help them overcome a range of personal issues or barriers which prevent them from performing to the best of their ability in a work or training situation.
“The funding will provide a range of schemes that will provide these young people with invaluable help and support to overcome their issues."
ESF has been supporting schemes in Stockton since 2008, such as the ‘Get on In Life’ project which has been running in Stockton since 2008 and has already helped more than 750 young people successfully into training and employment.
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