Pilot Research Project into the Effects of Being NEET

Friday 15th July 2016

Yesterday, CXK met with eight young people on the Talent Match programme, to give them the opportunity to take part in a research project funded by the Big Lottery.

This project, which will run for one year, aims to explore the "lived experience" of a long term person, aged 18-24 years old, who is not in education, employment or training (NEET).  It will have particular reference to the experiences, networks and barriers that young people who live in coastal communities within the Thanet and Dover districts experience.

Although some were initially wary of the idea of participating in research, all stayed for the duration of the three hour session, made new contacts, gained insight into the experiences of others, and confirmed that they had thoroughly enjoyed being able to discuss the issues that they faced with a receptive and empathetic group of people.

This event followed a pilot activity, which took place on 23rd June at CXK’s Head Office in Ashford.  This project included Talent Match Ambassadors, members of the Prince's Trust Team Programme (Maidstone), as well as learners on the Kent County Council Work Ready Extra programme in Ashford.

Further sessions will be planned, along with meetings with local employers and training providers. 16 young people have participated in the project thus far and the evaluative report will be unveiled at an event in early 2017.