Training scheme up for award

An unique outreach training programme aimed at helping youngsters in a rural area find work has been nominated for a top award.

The Engagement programme has been put forward for a Youth Work Excellence award for its work in supporting young men in north Pembrokeshire.

Organised by Futureworks - Pembrokeshire County Council’s Regeneration service - and the Council’s Youth Service team, the six-week project aimed to help 16-18 year olds, who have limited access to public transport.

As a result of the programme 67% went on to further learning or training.

Following its success, Futureworks and the Council’s Youth Service team in north Pembrokeshire now hope to deliver further satellite programmes in Haverfordwest and Fishguard in the New Year.

The Engagement programme is designed for 16-18 years old, who are not in employment, education or training.

Over a six week period it helps young people develop skills and confidence by encouraging them to produce effective CVs and job applications, as well as visiting potential employers.

Normally the programme is held at the Futureworks centre in Pembroke Dock, however because of concerns that many youngsters in rural part of Pembrokeshire could not attend because of limited public transport, a pilot outreach programme was held this summer in Fishguard.

The Welsh Government Youth Work Excellence Awards celebrates outstanding youth workers and youth work projects in Wales.

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