The cash from the European Social Fund (ESF) will help more than 1,000 teenagers aged 14 to 19 in Stockton, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Hartlepool and Darlington who are not in education, employment or training.
Stockton Council led the ESF bid, securing £755,014 of the cash to help 355 young people while Middlesbrough received a £423,233 share, which will help 199 teenagers, and Redcar was awarded £297,752 to help 140 young people.
The funding will support schemes to help young people overcome a range of barriers or issues to help them successfully back into education, employment and training. This will include support such as mentoring, work placements, assistance with literacy or numeracy issues, homelessness or drug misuse, personal and community development projects, mentored work placements within local authorities and in-work/learning mentoring support.
Stockton Councillor Ann McCoy, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Many young people have so much 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 and barriers at a very important time in their lives, giving them the opportunity to secure for themselves meaningful training and employment and a successful future.”
ESF has been supporting schemes in Stockton since 2008, and has already helped more than 750 young people successfully into training and employment.
Synergy VCS Consortium, a partnership of voluntary sector organisations which deliver services on behalf of Stockton Council and other bodies, has already seen the difference these schemes make.Jon Goodwin, from Synergy VCS Consortium, said: “When young people join training organisations they are often vulnerable and unable to move forward into employment and independence.
“Through these projects, young people often find new confidence and go on to achieve successful employment and education - it’s hugely rewarding and great to see them turn their future from one of uncertainty to one that promises success.”
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