£8.5m bid to help teenagers

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Teenagers across Hertfordshire are to be helped to get into education or training with employment.

Training provider The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) has won a £8.5 million contract to improve the lives of disengaged young people in Hertfordshire and Essex.

The contract has been awarded to TCHC by the Education Funding Agency to work with 16 and 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and have low levels of GCSE attainment. TCHC says research shows the single most important factor in influencing the participation and future achievement of most young people is attainment at 16. Those with minimal qualifications are more likely to find themselves NEET for longer. Other factors which could influence this are poor attendance at school, being excluded and coming from a workless or troubled family.

TCHC chief executive Dale Morgan said: “Each candidate will be given a dedicated case worker to provide them with the support they require in their particular case. As well as help with education and employment, we’ll be taking a holistic approach to ensure that any personal issues are also addressed.” It could include referral to a drug rehab facility.

TCHC, based in Watford, anticipates 4,500 young people will be supported by March 2016. For information, call 01923 698430 or visit www.tchc.net.