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Chain of skills centres for NEETs set to be completed

A chain of 10 skills centres designed to boost the job prospects of young people who are not in education, training or work is set to be completed.

Eight centres in the network have opened as part of Surrey County Council’s drive to tackle the number of people classed as NEET and the final two will be launched this month.

Five were launched last year to give NEETs the basic skills they need to find work, secure a further education place or fill an apprenticeship.


Young people can pick up job application and CV writing skills, training for a range of roles, such as those in the building industry and catering, and get help finding work placements.

The centres are run by colleges and training firms on the council’s behalf.

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

This has seen community groups take over the running of activities at Surrey’s 31 youth centres.

Garath Symonds, Surrey County Council’s Assistant Director for Young People, said: “Although the number of young people in Surrey known as NEETs is low compared to the national average, it is vital that we do as much as we can to create jobs and opportunities to prepare them for a successful future.

“This chain of centres contributes to that by giving them the skills, confidence and chances that will improve their career prospects.”

Five opened last year at youth centres in Ashford, Addlestone, Walton and Camberley (Old Dean) and Horley.

Four more have opened at youth centres in Ash, Epsom (Linton), Caterham (The Street) and Dorking (Malthouse).

The final two are set to open at Lakers Youth Centre in Woking and the Redhill Family Centre, which takes over from the Horley venue.

Plans are being made to add another centre in the Guildford area.

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


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