11/9/15 New Youth Works Project helps students gain college places - Penwith Community Development Trust

New Youth Works Project helps students gain college places


A new project in Penzance has just seen its first cohort of students pass with 100% success rate. Youth Works is an educational project which aims to support young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) gain the skills and qualifications they need to continue their education or successfully secure employment.

Seven young people aged 17 and 18 took part in the project which was delivered by Youth Workers from Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT). Throughout the eight week programme the young people were taught skills in communication, Maths and English as well as learning how to write a successful application form. They were also given the opportunity to do something positive within the local community. As a result they spent the day at Gwithian Beach, Hayle, litter picking and cleaning up the beach.

Youth Worker Dai Lawton with young people from the programme at Gwithian Beach.jpgThe course is specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young people taking part. So when a couple of the participants expressed an interest in music, the Youth Workers arranged for them to have a couple of sessions in Nancherrow Recording Studio, St Just. They were given the chance to play drums, electric guitars, ukuleles and keyboards. One of the boys taking part gave beatboxing australian online casinos no deposit a go and even got the opportunity to record some lyrics he had written.

The participants also completed the Level 1 AptEd accredited award in Drug and Alcohol Awareness. Kirstein Rennison, one of the Youth Workers at PCDT who delivered the training said: “By completing the Level 1 Award in Drug and Alcohol Awareness the young people were given a foundation to learning which has helped a number of them get back into education and training.”

Following completion of the course two participants have enrolled onto college courses, one of them in Music, and three have successfully completed an award with the National Citizen Service (NCS) which teaches young people life skills and social responsibility.

Funding for the project came from The Dulverton Trust which awarded PCDT £20,000 to run the eight week accredited training programmes four times over 12 months.

The next Youth Works programme starts on Tuesday 8 September, so if you are aged between 16 and 19 and are interested in taking part, contact Kirstein on 01736 334650 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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