Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Pontypool NP4 6YB
Contact: Chris Slade
Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)
Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau
Apologies were received from Councillor Sue Malson.
Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant
interests were declared.
Minutes - 03/10/2019 / Cofnodion - 03/10/2019 PDF 459 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2019 were confirmed as
an accurate record.
Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu PDF 8 KB
The Committee noted the action sheet.
NEET's 2018/19 Performance and 2019/20 Risk Controls in Torfaen / Perfformiad NEET's yn 2018/19 a Rheolaeth Risg 2019/20 yn Nhorfaen PDF 646 KB
The Chair welcomed the HoE&S, E&PC and the HoLS, who then provided a brief overview of their
responsibilities in relating to NEET’s.
response to Members’ questions, the HoE&S, E&PC and
the HoLS provided the following
- HoE&S – There were two programmes that the Council
ran, both of which were European Social Fund projects; Inspire2
Achieve and Inspire2 Work. Inspire2
Achieve was about managing young people who were at risk of
becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) whilst in
school; tackling the risk and ensuring that they were equipped in
order to progress and to break down any barriers preventing them
from accessing support. The offer
provided to each young person was tailored according to their
needs. Inspire2 Work supported those
who had left school at 16 years of age and was aimed at
providing employability skills,
training and qualifications; with a focus on gaps in the young
person’s skillset. The programme
was also for those who didn’t know what they wanted to do,
and so there were opportunities and projects for them to engage in;
like tending allotments, bicycle maintenance and repair, art and
barista coffee training. E&PC
– Inspire2 Achieve was in addition to what was provided
through education, and by linking them to the programme it
provided an opportunity to engage
better in school. The young people were
able to gain additional qualifications through the programme, so
when they left at year 11, they would hopefully be able to
progress.. The programmes were EU
funded, and so there were targets to achieve, such as removing the
risk of becoming NEET and improving school attendance. Inspire2 Work was for 16-24 year olds and targeted
towards those who were not in Communities First areas. The target was to get at least 50% an appropriate
qualification, employment or into further education. As these were EU funded projects, there was a
potential of them finishing in December 2022.
- E&PC – Inspire2 Achieve was a regional project for
11-16 year olds; Coleg Gwent had a 16 plus project. They were both of the same principle; supporting
young people at risk of dropping out of education. Schools were responsible for supporting their
pupils and would hopefully pick up on any issues and make a
referral to the team. The school would
need to provide a lot of information in order for the team to make
an offer not only because of their EU funding targets, but also for
them to put the right offer together.
More often than not, they were able to make short, sharp
interventions and the young person were able to go back to school,
but there were some with more complex needs. Some had withdrawn completely from school and were
home educated. The team were able to
take these referrals but the difficulty was with who the referral
came from; this probably highlighted a gap in service. A member of staff was linked to each school,
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Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf
The CSO confirmed that the Community Safety Hub was the item for
the next meeting. Members suggested
that they visit they visit the Hub, perhaps in small groups in
order to see the work involved. The CSO
agreed to take this forward.
Date of Next Meeting - 05/02/20 / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf 05/02/20
The date of the next meeting was noted.
The meeting ended at 12.45pm.