General, Young people

Groups urged to bid for share of £2.5 million to help Surrey’s NEETs

Local groups are being urged to bid for a share of £2.5 million to improve the learning and career prospects of young people.

Surrey County Council has made the cash available for organisations to support secondary school age children who are most at risk of not progressing into work, training or further education once they leave school.

It is part of the authority’s push to make sure all young people in Surrey are participating in education, training or employment by their 19th birthday.

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

“By pulling together with local community groups we can help young people get the skills they need to get on the career ladder and in turn improve Surrey’s economy.”

The cash will be available over the next two financial years and groups can make bids for between 25% and 100% of the funds available in each borough and district.

Go to and then use the “view current opportunities” link on the right of the page.

Bidders can start submitting applications on 25 March and the closing date is noon on 3 May. Shortlisted organisations will present their case to the local committee youth task group, which involves young people and other members of the local community in deciding the successful bidders.


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