A team at Lynn which supports teenagers and helps them to reach their potential has been shown to be one of the most successful of its kind in the country.
The Lynn TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd), based at Bishops Lynn House in the Tuesday Market Place, has helped more young people in the east of England get into work, education or training than any other similar organisation in England.
Government figures show that over 4,000 16 to 17 year olds in the east of England region were supported by the workforce development provider through the Youth Contract scheme from September 2012 to the same month this year – more than in any other region.
The programme, called My Mentor by TCHC, is aimed at those who did not achieve more than one GCSE above a D grade at school, as well as former offenders and young people who have been or are in local authority care. Those taking part are not in employment, education or training (NEET).
Said Sherry Fry, manager for the Youth Contract across the Eastern Region which includes Lynn, said: “I am delighted that the programme is able to reach so many young people who often have multiple barriers to progression.
“The secret of our success is due to a number of contributing factors. We have dedicated knowledgeable staff who have great empathy with the barriers facing our young people, they are proactive and resourceful in their approach and through skilful coaching, help young people problem solve and move forward.
“This approach helps them to develop their own skills and confidence. Our staff are supported through regular supervision and ongoing professional development to help keep their skills current.
“TCHC has developed key partnerships through our supply chain who support the delivery of the Youth Contract, and this enables us to provide diversity to meet the different needs of our young people. In the King’s Lynn area our own personal adviser and employment engagement adviser are complimented through our partnership with The Discovery Centre and Children and Young People’s Integrated Team through the Local Authority.”
Fiona Saul, who is a tutor and adviser at Lynn, said: “Our success is down to the fact that we treat young people as individuals and cater for their individual needs.”
Sherry added: “We are now in the final phase of programme which will see our final beneficiaries engage in March. I would like to build on what we have learned and our success, but will have to rely on future funding opportunities to make this possible.”
For more information about the My Mentor scheme, visit www.mgn.tchc.net/our-programmes/youth-contract or call 01923 698483.