The IF pilot projects aim to prevent young people from becoming NEET, or support those already NEET to re-engage with education, training and employment. Interventions display a wide diversity in terms of participant age range, in and out of school provision and the balance between one to one and group work. Some programmes are built around participation on a structured programme or course. Despite these differences, there are also commonalities between projects including: time spent on initial marketing, recruitment and engagement; an intense initial process of working with each participant to achieve a positive shift in ‘mind-set’; a more extended period of personal and skills development and the encouragement of mental resilience in dealing with challenges and dif culties faced; and an ongoing process of goal setting and progression facilitation.Fully integrated support programme with a flexible, non-uniform delivery model. School-based delivery provides Level 1 and 2 coaching, family counselling, extracurricular activities and work experience tasters linked to supported progression onto apprenticeships. A strong focus on embedding literacy and numeracy skills within vocational training, supplemented by small tutorial groups. Targeted engagement outside schools. Delivered on agency premises and at outreach venues.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 24, who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET in ‘hot- spots’ within the City of Birmingham
Improved school behaviour. Poor behaviour at school can be defined as those “whose behaviour is unacceptable, who break school rules or who fail to follow a reasonable instruction (Section 91 of Education and Inspection Act 2006)”. Students who have a pattern of this behaviour have to decrease this significantly. The improvement has to be demonstrated for a minimum of 13 continuous weeks (not withstanding school holidays) to generate an outcome payment. Confirmation letter from school/teacher/home tutor.
Improved school attendance ‘Persistent truancy’ means deliberate absence for days or weeks at a time. This has to decrease to attendance levels associated with the average student. The improvement has to be demonstrated for a minimum of 13 continuous weeks (not withstanding school holidays) to generate an outcome payment. Confirmation letter from school/teacher/home tutor. Copy of Attendance Record
First Level 1 NQF qualification At least one GCSE passes (or NQF Level 1): -BTEC Introductory diplomas and certificates -OCR Nationals Level 1 and 2 -Key skill level 1 -NVQ at level 1 -Skills for Life at Level 1 Confirmation from school or copy of certificate
First Level 2 NQF qualification Achievements in the following qualifications are counted as full Level 2: • 5 full GCSE/iGCSE at grade A* to C • 2 AS level (including VCE) at grade A to E • 1 A/A2 level (including VCE) at grade A to E • 1 NVQ/full VRQ* pass at Level 2 or higher • 1 International Baccalaureate pass (* more than 325 guided learning hours) Confirmation from school or copy of certificate
First Level 3 NQF qualification Achievements in the following qualifications are counted at Level 3 : • 4 AS level (including VCE) at grade A to E • 2 A/A2 level (including VCE) at grade A to E • 1 NVQ/full VRQ* pass at Level 3 or higher % • 1 International Baccalaureate pass % • 2 Pre-U Principal Subject or 4 Pre-U Short Course Subjects (* more than 595 guided learning hours) Copy of registration form/copy of certificate showing achievement and/or course completion
First Level 4 NQF qualification or above Entry into post-18 higher or further education, including university. The improvement has to be demonstrated for a minimum of 13 continuous weeks (not withstanding holidays) to generate an outcome payment. Copy of registration certificate and confirmation from university/college
English for speakers of other languages Completion of English as a Second Language Course with a minimum of a pass grade Copy of certificate
Entry to first employment (13 weeks) Entry into employment of 16 hours or more. For under 18’s this includes a training element. A training element is defined as at least 280 guided learning hours per year. This needs to have lasted for a minimum of 13 continuous or cumulative weeks in order for it to generate an outcome payment. Self-employment is also included. • This period begins to accrue from and including the job start date. • A person must be in employment and off-benefit Self employment is a person who is gainfully employed 1) in Great Britain and 2) in employment that is not employed earners employment Confirmation letter from employer. Self-Employment job outcomes will need to be supported by a letter from a recognised business start up organisation which must include a business plan or evidence of trading that is clearly linked to the company and be proportionate to the business.
Entry to first employment (26 weeks) Sustained employment is where a customer has been in employment and off benefit for a total of 26 weeks: and specifically where •a Job Outcome payment has been paid; and •thirteen continuous weeks in employment have elapsed between the Job Outcome payment date Confirmation letter from employer. Self-Employment job outcomes will need to be supported by a letter from a recognised business start up organisation which must include a business plan or evidence of trading that is clearly linked to the company and be proportionate to the business.
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