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New hope for young people struggling to get ready for world of work

AMBITIOUS proposals which could help some of our city's most vulnerable young people into the world of work are being unveiled next week.

Local authorities across west Wales are joining forces to bid for European funds for a project that aims to transform the lives of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

If the application is successful around £1m of EU funds could be heading for Swansea so young people who are struggling to acquire basic skills to enter the jobs market get the boost they need.

Jen Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Swansea has a great track record in supporting young adults who've struggled in school to pass exams because of issues in the family, substance abuse or mental health problems to make the most of their lives.

"We all know that getting a job or gaining an apprenticeship or training can open doors to new opportunities that can not only provide an income but also build confidence and self-esteem.

"Under this new scheme each young adult would have their own guide to taking life by the scruff of the neck and to make the most of employment and training opportunities. Their Lead Worker will be a mentor, an information provider and a motivator."

The new proposal is called 'Cam Nesa' and it's being led by Pembrokeshire County Council alongside Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Neath Port Talbot local authorities.

Cabinet Members in Swansea are being asked to approve the scheme at their meeting on March 16. It would build on projects like 'Beyond Bricks and Mortar' which has seen hundreds of people find training and full-time jobs over the last five years.

EU funds are being considered by the Welsh Government for the three-year project, which will also be part-funded by the local authorities involved in delivering the scheme.

It's thought around 700 young people in Swansea could benefit from the scheme.


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