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Skills centres open doors to help young people into work

Five skills centres have thrown open their doors to help young people into work.

Another six will be launched in the next two months as part of Surrey County Council’s push to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

It comes after colleges and training firms were given the opportunity by the council to run vocational classes from its youth centres.

They will help those classed as NEET get the basic skills they need to find work, secure a further education place or fill an apprenticeship.

Young people will be able to pick up job application and CV writing skills and training for a range of roles, such as those in the building industry and catering. They will also be offered help to find work placements and travel to the centres.

Details of the centres can be found by following this link.

It is just one of the ways Surrey is transforming young people’s services as part of the council’s new approach which seeks out ways to harness the expertise of other organisations for the benefit of Surrey.

This has already seen community groups take over the running of activities at 31 youth centres and each of Surrey’s 11 local committees being given up to £200,000 a year for grassroots activities or projects agreed with young people.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Although the number of youngsters classed as NEET is low compared to the national average our aim is to provide as much support to them as we can to help them make the most of their futures.

“By pulling together with other organisations through these skill centres, we can help get young people on the career ladder and in turn improve Surrey’s economy. Five are already up and running and six more will open in the coming months to create a network across Surrey.”

Surrey has one of the lowest numbers of young people considered NEET in the country with four in a hundred being classed as such. The national average is nearly six in a hundred.

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