SCR fund to tackle work barriers

Published 8th May 2017 at 9:58am

A multi-million-pound, three-year programme to help people who are out of work and struggling to find jobs is being launched in the Sheffield City Region (SCR).

On behalf of the SCR, the Department of Work and Pensions is inviting organisations to manage activities for 15-24-year-old NEETs (those not in education, employment or training) or at risk of becoming NEETs. The project also covers work with people over 19 with ‘multiple and complex’ barriers to getting into employment.

Among them could be care leavers, young lone parents, ex-offenders or young people with learning difficulties, who are likely to require more intensive and tailored interventions. The Sheffield City Region wants proposals to help these people into education, employment, or self-employment.

An event for potential bidders will be held on Friday 12th May 10am -12pm at the Technology Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham; people wishing to attend should book by following this link:

SCR Provider Network Event

NEET figures in the Sheffield City Region have dropped over the last five years 6.75% to 4.2%, following the national trend, but there was still an estimated 2,742 young people between 16 and 18 classified as NEET in the region at the end of 2015.

The numbers of long term and temporary sick in the region are above the national average, and the percentage of those classified as ’economically inactive’ by the Department for Work and Pensions is also above the national average by 2.1% at 22.1%.

However, the percentage of the economically inactive who say they do want to work is also slightly above the national average by 1.4% at 26%, indicating there is a willingness to take up the right support.

The £4,647,000 project, which covers the whole of the Sheffield City Region, is funded by the European Social Fund; further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/european-growth.funding by searching under Sheffield City Region and NEETS.

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