Paston College signs up to youth project

A north Norfolk college has joined the fight to stop the county's teens falling into the unemployment trap after they leave school.Youth East is a project involving 52 groups, including 21 colleges, from across the East of England which aims to encourage youngsters back into education or formal training.

A north Norfolk college has joined the fight to stop the county's teens falling into the unemployment trap after they leave school.

Youth East is a project involving 52 groups, including 21 colleges, from across the East of England which aims to encourage youngsters back into education or formal training.

Begun at the end of last year, it targets youths aged 16 to 19 who are not in education, employment or training - known as the NEET group.

On Tuesday, Paston College in North Walsham signalled its determination to give the area's teens a brighter future by launching the project at its Grammar School Road base with help of MEP Richard Howitt.


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The college will hold a four-day course next week for NEET youths which will result in a qualification from the OCR exam board.

Sharon Holsey, the college's entry to employment co-ordinator, said: 'It's hoped this will get them motivated and get their confidence up so they are brave enough to apply to college.'

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Between May 26 and 29, the teens will take part in a CPR course to teach them skills to help in the community.

There are still places available on the course at Paston College next week, for more information contact Ms Holsey on 01692 402334.

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