Youth Promise Plus.
This flagship European Social Fund (ESIF) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funded programme will support up to 26,610 Birmingham and Solihull young people, aged between 15-29 years, who are not engaged in education, employment or training (NEET).
The main purpose of the project is to support participants to achieve new skills, qualifications and employment.
Birmingham Council is the lead accountable body for this project, which is overseen by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). Better Pathways is the key front-line organisation delivering this project.
Better Pathways’ highly skilled and trained intervention staff are working within a wide number of other providers sites and community locations, such as Forward Thinking Birmingham and Birmingham City Council Preparing for Adulthood Team. We tailor our support to the needs of the young people we work with and within the context of the service within which our staff are embedded.
One of the main challenges of collaborative projects is managing the process of sharing customer data between agencies. Without this, clients are often required to repeat their stories to each person they work with. Better Pathways staff have honorary contracts and Data Sharing Agreements in place with Forward Thinking Birmingham in order to reduce this burden on our clients, so that time is spent with them rather than on duplicating paperwork.
We are aiming to enable 60% of those supported by Youth Promise Plus to achieve sustainable employment. We will do this by supporting our clients into some form of meaningful work environment within, on average, 6 weeks of them starting on this project.
We have a very high ratio of staff to clients, averaging 1:8, so that we can ensure all our clients get the time and high quality support they need to achieve their goals.
To date Better Pathways has achieved all its key performance indicators for this project.