In May 2016 Prevista was awarded six contracts across London to deliver youth provision to young people aged 14-19 who are either not in employment, education or training (NEET), or at risk of becoming NEET.
These £6 million contracts are funded jointly by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency and their award is a recognition of Prevista’s excellent track record since entering the NEET market five years ago.
Leading a supply chain of over 20 delivery partners drawn from the public, private and charity sectors, Prevista has used its managing agent expertise to mobilise this large scale contract in just 4 weeks.
Through a combination of group and one-to-one training with delivery partners, Contract Managers and frontline staff at Prevista’s head office, we have implemented a contract-specific marketing plan, ensured delivery partners are fully aware of contract requirements and outcomes including how to complete paperwork with zero errors and ensured partners deliver the contract in line with Prevista’s policies and processes including embedding safeguarding and the government’s anti-radicalisation Prevent agenda into provision.
In addition, all delivery partners were invited to an innovative 3-day weekend workshop led by Mark Charley of Uncommon Results, a Miami-based training organisation which facilitates personal, professional, and organisational development – the course focused on developing a new approach to working with young people by challenging thinking patterns and preconceptions. Prevista’s Managing Director James Clements Smith explains the impact:
Mark has created a new sense of purpose, a sense that we are all in it together. The 3 days he spent with my supply chain was just so good for them, for my business and for the future relationships between us: more focused and with purpose and clarity
Due to the swift and effective mobilisation of the contract we are already starting to see tangible results.
Lorena, for example, had only been in the UK for a short period of time when she was engaged by one of Prevista’s delivery partners, Reed in Partnership. Initially identified by her school as needing extra support due to her lack of knowledge of the UK Educational System, and the options that are available to her post year 11 to progress into further education, Reed in Partnership promoted the programme to Lorena and her family and swiftly enrolled her onto the Preventative NEET project.
Through an intensive programme of one-to-one support, Lorena has learnt how to identify the skills she enjoys using, which can support her with identifying career choices. Together with her Personal Adviser she has identified her strongest learning style and related methods that can support her with future learning; she has also enjoyed a day trip to Reed In Partnership’s office where she experienced a professional working environment, learnt about health & safety within the workplace and how people work together differently to achieve common goals within the working environment.
The different interventions have encouraged Lorena to start thinking about her future, and to start to identify different career options by speaking to her teachers, parents and researching the National Careers Service website. The next steps Lorena will carry out with the support of her Personal Adviser will be to look at her educational options when she completes year 11, such as the different sixth forms and colleges that are local to her and to complete the relevant application forms to ensure she progresses with her education and does not become NEET.
Lorena is one of many young people across London already benefiting from these programmes. 348 young people have been engaged and started on the programmes against a target of 278. Prevista’s Supply Chain Manager, Ameel Beshoori, who has day to day responsibility for managing the performance of our delivery partners, is delighted with how the project has started:
I have been so impressed with the commitment and effort of not only the delivery partners but all my colleagues here at Prevista in getting these complex contracts mobilised ahead of schedule. The diversity of our delivery partners in both delivery model, specialism and geographical spread means we can offer young people in London a programme of support that matches their interests such as music, art or sport and help them overcome specific barriers to engagement for example literacy and numeracy, attitude and behavioural issues. This is just the start, I look forward to many many of the young people we have already engaged to see tangible improvements to their personal circumstances as they re-engage with education, progress onto college or further training and in many cases enter their first job
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