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NEET Prevention

The task of supporting young people to make effective post-16 transitions into further education or employment can be highly challenging. 
This page offers a range of support services and projects for school leaders and support workers, that may help young people at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training (NEET) to make effective post-16 transitions into learning or employment.

Support, advice and guidance

  • Somerset County Council have maintained partnership arrangements with colleges and schools to work together, supporting over 500 students across years 11 and 12 who were at high risk of disengaging from education or training, to make successful transitions from school to post-16 options. If you would like Somerset County Council's support for a person you feel is at risk of becoming NEET, contact 0300 123 2224 and ask for the 'Pathways to Employment' team.
  • Every college has NEET prevention officers to support students, parents and relevant agencies. The officers are usually placed within the student support team. Contact your young person's college direct for more information.
  • Transition panel meetings take place throughout the year. Led by Julie Young, Post-16 Advisor for Somerset County Council, the transition panels share guidance and support initiatives and are aimed at professionals supporting those at risk of becoming NEET. Contact Julie Young for more information via
  • The first programme of its kind in Somerset, ‘Positive People’ will help over 1,000 individuals who are out of work to build their confidence and develop their skills. The programme will be personally tailored to individual needs and will include help with personal development, health and well being, and to develop life-skills including digital technology. Find out more.
  • Support Services for Education (SSE) aims to improve the outcomes for all children and young people by working in partnership with other service providers. Providing a range of training opportunities and events, get in touch to see how SSE can help you.
  • If any of the young people you are supporting have a criminal conviction, contact Offploy - a foundation with a mission to support people with criminal convictions to secure meaningful, mentored and sustainable employment.
  • The Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a community of inspiring, driven current and former apprentices who use their experience as a tool for engaging and inspiring future apprentices. Visit for more information.
  • West Somerset has 5 Community Employment Hubs offering a range of support including access to IT facilities, help searching & applying for work, support on preparing for inetrviews and the West Somerset Advice service. Find out more.
  • Job Centre Plus, Taunton support Work-Wise - A support centre for those seeking ways into work. Venue: The Lecture Hall, United Reformed Church, Paul St, Taunton on Wednesdays between 9.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Courses and interventions

  • Traineeships are designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don't yet have appropriate skills or experience. Lasting a maximum of 6 months, a traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Find out more or search for a traineeship here.
  • Traineeship providers, operational in Somerset, include:
  • The Devon & Somerset Skills for Young People project provides young people aged 15-18 years who are NEET or at risk of nbecoming NEET, with funded trainingm development and support. Courses include employability skills, digital skills, food hygiene, CSCS card, forklift couterbalance training, conflict management, English/Maths and much more. Contact or for more information.
  • The #Focus5 project provides tailored support to young people aged 15-18 across Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, who are unemployed or out of education but who demonstrate a genuine desire to change their lives for the better. Find out more.
  • Somerset Youth! Provide a targeted support programme for NEET young people. Contact them direct for more information.
  • 100 Women First project, led by Under Construction, supports women in Sedgemoor achieve their goals for work, life, family, health and well-being. Although not targeted at NEET prevention - this project will support all women in Sedgemoor.
  • On Your Bike is a charity with branches in Taunton and Bridgwater. Offering bike maintenance courses, On Your Bike is reliant on volunteers. They support volunteers' personal development and bike maintenance knowledge. Get in touch for more information.
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed 2-4 week programme for 15-17 year olds. Bringing together young people from different backgrounds in small groups, the programme includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn 'life-skills' and a community-based spcial action project to give something back to where they live. Usually takes place during the summer holidays. Find out more.

Local projects

  • Heart of South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), established in collaboration with the Careers and Enterprise Company, have launched a 'Careers Hub'.  One of 20 Careers Hubs across the country, the hub will help improve careers education for young people by providing them with high-quality and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. The HotSW Careers Hub also hosts the already well-established Enterprise Advisor Network (EAN) and is a partnership between the HotSW LEP; local authorities across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, the Careers and Enterprise Company; 40 local schools, colleges and FE establishments; and local and national employers.
  • The EDF Inspire programme helps to ensure that young people understand the industry and can take advantage of the opportunities that the Hinkley Point C project will provide during the build and the eventual operation of the station. Over 200 activities are delivered per year, involving up to 30,000 children, including programmes delivered to young women (250 students last year) to specifically challenge gender stereotyping in the construction and engineering industries.
  • EDF Energy and Somerset County Council have worked together to develop the Young Person’s Talent Academy - actively working with young people from age 15 and their parents, in preparation for transitions to further their learning and eventually enter the world of work.
  • The Somerset Career Fairs take place in October and November at the Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton and Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nr Yeovil annually. Visiting these fairs with a young person at risk of becoming NEET may help to inspire them and witness the range of local opportunities available.


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