Sova Herts Youth Futures supports young people, aged 15 – 19, who are furthest away from the workplace. We help young people reach their potential, improving employability and access to training and work.

Part of the Building Better Opportunities in Hertfordshire programme, the Sova Herts Youth Futures project aims to support young people facing significant barriers to the workplace to improve employability and enter training and work.

We are reaching 15 – 19 year olds, (21 for care leavers, 25 for those with disabilities), who are NEET (not in education, employment or training), at risk of becoming NEET or who are registered unemployed or economically inactive. Participants may also be facing additional barriers: disabilities, learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health issues. Lone parents, offenders and looked after children/care leavers.

Participants in the programme are matched with a Case Officer who will work closely with the mentee to help them progress at a pace and in a way that best suits them. The project offers one-to-one support to help the mentee get ready for volunteering, work experience and explore training & job options through involvement in regular fun activities such as a youth project, sports club or creative group.

It is a step-by-step programme built on fun activities, volunteering and work experience that is tailored to the mentee’s interests and needs.

Participants receive up to 80 hours of one-to-one support from their mentor which is delivered in their local community. The pathway is designed to gradually increase the level of challenge, enabling a step by step process. The mentor coaches the young person through each step, working closely with them to improve their confidence, and knowledge to overcome their barriers.

This project is funded by: