A major EU-backed project has been launched aimed at supporting young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) across West Wales
The Cam Nesa scheme will work with those aged between 16 and 24 years old by providing them with options to access a range of tailored personal support and work-related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.
The £5.7 million project is part-funded by the European Social Fund and will run over the next two years. It will work with an estimated 2,000 young people across West Wales.
Cam Nesa will be led by Pembrokeshire County Council and delivered in partnership with fellow local authorities in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. It was launched on Monday, 5th March at County Hall in Haverfordwest.
The project was launched by Cllr Pat Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory Services. Among those in attendance were Kate Evan-Hughes, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Director for Children and Schools, and staff from all five of the local authorities involved.
Cllr Davies explained that she was a trustee of The Point, a young persons’ trust in Fishguard. She spoke about her pride at the achievement of young people at The Point in obtaining employment and entering training as a result of activities delivered there.
“There should be no need for young people to be NEET. In an ideal world, young people would enter the adult world with all the skills they need to find their place in it and to succeed.”
“We must tackle a wide range of issues to reduce the NEET problem and I and my fellow Cabinet members across all portfolios are committed to improving the life chances of our young people.”
Following the launch, the Council staff present held a conference to exchange best practice and develop links between the Cam Nesa staff. Amongst the issues discussed were protocols for recording outcomes and the added value of regional working.