Pathways to Success

Posted 12th May 2017
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Key Project Information
Project Name: Pathways to Success
Lead Organisation: Career Connect
ESF value: £599,294
Duration: April 2016 – December 2018
Contact: Karen Parry

Project summary
Pathways to Success is supporting young people identified by schools, colleges, providers and Children’s Services who are at risk of not being in education, employment or training.

Pathways to Success is focussing on developing resilience in young people, in particular confidence, commitment, self-control, ability to withstand challenge - through a bespoke programme of interventions and support designed to overcome individual barriers to participation. Pathways to Success will ensure young people make informed and appropriate post-16 choices and are equipped with the necessary skills to sustain their positive progression.

Pathways to Success will focus on preparing and supporting young people through key points of transition and will focus on developing resilience to self-sustain transitions and progression. Participants will undertake a 13week (to 20 week where required) intensive programme followed up to 6 months tapered support. The emphasis is to equip participants to progress to mainstream provision/opportunities. Content will be bespoke to client need around “core” elements including:

  • Developing resilience and employability – a pooling of participant’s existing assessments and application of a Mental Toughness psychometric test to measure resilience, will provide the central foundation of the client Action Plan. This will focus on building resilience and motivation so that clients are equipped to self-sustain their progression. Mental Toughness objectively measures a participant’s self-control, confidence, commitment and capacity to cope with challenges, enabling the necessary areas to be developed within the Action Plan.
  • We will use our newly developed Carrus tool to help participants explore their strengths and how these relate to areas of vocational interest. We will work with participants to raise and frame their aspirations and help them develop a pathway to their chosen vocational destination. This will be supported using the latest labour market information, focusing on labour market areas of growth, and the LCR Growth Sectors.
  • Personal development will focus on key employability skills including communication, teamwork, and motivation.
  • Personal Brand will focus on CV development, job search, interview skills and mock interviews (with business volunteers).
  • Exposure to the World of Work aligned to vocational preference: Work Place visits, Work Tasters and Work Experience with associated exercises to consolidate learning; activities held in the workplace and facilitated by business volunteers to develop both sector specific and wider skills required for employment.
  • We will work with their family/carer to develop their capacity to support the participant prepare for and make a positive progression.

Delivery will primarily take place in the school/college with Career Connect working with school leads to secure curriculum time. Delivery to clients will take place across our network of community delivery venues. Participation will be accredited.

The project is delivered directly by Career Connect

Key Outputs / Results
The project is expected to register 900 recruits aged 15-18 on the programme over its lifetime.