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Department for Work and Pensions visit a Warwickshire project making a difference

PUBLISHED: 11:07 15 November 2018

Dr Catherine Blair from the Department for Work and Pensions (fourth from the left, front row)with trainers and participants from the Positive Futures course which is run by PET-Xi Training

Dr Catherine Blair from the Department for Work and Pensions (fourth from the left, front row)with trainers and participants from the Positive Futures course which is run by PET-Xi Training

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"It was fantastic to see how this project is making a real difference to the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion."

Young people in Warwickshire are being helped into work by Positive Futures, a training scheme targeting 15 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training who do not have basic maths and English qualifications.

Co-funded by the Department for Work and Pensions’ European Social Fund and 50% match funded by Warwickshire County Council and PET-Xi Training, the training course is helping break down barriers to entering the jobs market for young people in the local area.

Deputy Director, Head of European Social Fund Division, Dr Catherine Blair visited young people taking part in the training course, to see first-hand the support offered by the training and education specialists.

Since its launch in 2016, the project has seen over 350 young people secure jobs or enrol in education on completion of Positive Futures. The programme, launched by PET-Xi Training, has an ambition to support a further 400 young people move into employment or education.

Joined by Glenn Robinson, manager of the Skills for Growth programme run by Warwickshire County Council, the pair were given a tour of PET-Xi Training’s headquarters in Coventry by the project’s managing director, Fleur Sexton.

After meeting employees, Dr Blair visited PET-Xi Training’s new Skills Hub in Nuneaton to hear more about the Positive Futures project and the impact it has had on participants’ lives.

Dr Blair said: “It was fantastic to see how this project is making a real difference to the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion.

“Staff can offer young people practical advice on a range of issues, including employment, and support individuals with their next steps such as moving or providing transport to interviews.

“Youth unemployment is at a record low and it’s great to see the difference projects like this make, helping more young people move into work or education.”

To find out more, visit the Positive Futures website.

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