Over the past few years, YPAC has been supporting young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET through its Employability Project.
In 2019, YPAC received funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to develop and deliver the NEET programme to young people aged between 16 and 19 in the Manchester City area. YPAC initially ran the ESF NEET programme through a 6-week face to face Personal and Social Development course. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, YPAC changed its delivery method from face-to-face group sessions to individual Zoom sessions. The sessions covered various Personal and Social Development topics such as: Education, Employment & Training opportunities, CV writing, interview skills, debt management, budgeting, etc.
The ESF NEET programme had a positive impact on young people YPAC supported as 71% of the participants progressed into EET opportunities. This was one of the major successes of the programme as the young people YPAC supported were those who faced multiple barriers to participation, engagement, and learning.
Through its successful Employability Project, YPAC has developed effective relationships with young people and local organisations in the Manchester City area.