Encouraging young people back into education

2nd March 2009 4:48pm - Return to press releases

A group of young people were given a taste of further education during a day organised by an East Riding youth scheme.
Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP) teamed up with East Riding College and Connexions to introduce the young people to the prospect of further education by offering them a fun, practical "taster" of courses offered by the College. 
The event took place at the College's campus in Gallows Lane in Beverley and involved more than 20 participants from the Driffield, Beverley, Bridlington and Hornsea areas.
The young people who took part were all "Neets", meaning they are not in education, employment or training.
The aim of the day was to encourage them to consider going back into education to give them a better chance to securing employment.
The morning session included workshops in Media and Catering with young people learning how to create animation in Media and baking scones in Catering.
The afternoon session allowing young people to choose between Hair and Beauty, Construction and a Positive Futures-led Sports session of disc frisbee and tri golf.
Also to hand during the day was the Connexions bus, complete with Connexions personal advisors, which enabled the young people to get careers information, advice and guidance through a range of resources. 
This proved invaluable to those who submitted applications to the College during the event.

Jackie Brewis, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's youth service manager, said: "We have been extremely pleased with the success of the scheme and the young people who took part in the event have really enjoyed taking part in the many activities that were on offer."

Mick Mather, the College's school and community liaison manager, said: "It's really heartening to see young people who maybe haven't been so interested in learning, really getting stuck in to the taster activities and asking about how they can get more involved.
"Schools and organisations like PAYP are doing so much to try and turn these young people back on to learning and we want to support them as much as we can." 

PAYP is an East Riding of Yorkshire Council-led youth service scheme engaging vulnerable young people aged 14 to 16 in a broad range of constructive activities through provision during the holidays and term time support. 
The programme aims to encourage young people to remain in or return to education, employment and training, reduce crime, and create opportunity for young people to voluntarily engage with new and developmental activity.
PAYP currently operates in Driffield, Bridlington, and Holderness with young people being recommended to the scheme by a range of agencies in these areas.
For further information on the Positive Activities for Young People scheme, call Katherine Stoney on 01482 392835 or email katherine.stoney@eastriding.gov.uk 

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For more information on this press release, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email matthew.croshaw@eastridingcollege.ac.uk