Agenda and draft minutes

Prosperous Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Pontypool NP4 6YB

Contact: Chris Slade  Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)

No. Item


Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau


1.1       Apologies were received from Councillor Sue Malson.


Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant


2.1       No interests were declared.


Minutes - 03/10/2019 / Cofnodion - 03/10/2019 pdf icon PDF 459 KB


3.1       The minutes of the meeting held on 3 October 2019 were confirmed as an accurate record.


Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu pdf icon PDF 8 KB


4.1       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 icon PDF 646 KB

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5.1       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.


5.2       In response to Members’ questions, the HoE&S, E&PC and the HoLS provided the following responses:-


  • 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,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf


6.1       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


7.1       The date of the next meeting was noted.


7.2       The meeting ended at 12.45pm.