City College Plymouth supports Petroc in securing £2.4 million from Big Lottery Fund to help marginalised young people across Devon

02 May 2017 | Uncategorised

City College has been successful, as part of a partnership bid led by further education college Petroc, in securing a £2.4million grant to deliver a Building Better Opportunities project across the county.  

Building Better Opportunities is a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Along with their partners, City College and Petroc will be using the funding to deliver a unique project for 18 to 24-year-olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Called Empowering Enterprise, the programme will seek to engage over 600 of Devon’s most socially-excluded young people and work with them to develop their employability and life skills giving them the confidence to return to employment, education or training.

The partners, which include public and private sector organisations, charities and community interest companies from across the county, have a wealth of experience of working with the socially excluded. Working together they will engage and support young people to tackle the barriers they face to finding a job or getting work-ready. As well as a one-to-one mentor, each participant will also have the opportunity to take part in group activities which encourage them to connect and engage in a project that is of benefit to their local community.

Fiona Horrell, Head of Partnerships at City College, said: “We and our partners are proud to be working with the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. Securing this grant confirms that our partnership has the potential to deliver real change for hundreds of marginalised young people across Devon. Through Empowering Enterprise, we look forward to helping participants build a more positive future for themselves.”

The partnership will begin to deliver the programme in summer 2017 and Empowering Enterprise will continue until December 2019.

For more information please contact WBL@cityplym.ac.uk or call 01752 856827.

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