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Project information

NEET to EET Programme

Sport 4 Life UK will deliver employability and personal development programmes, throughout 2018, for 16 - 25 year olds who are NEET. This initiative will focus on developing young people's employability and key life skills - supporting them to move into sustained education, employment or training.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Sport 4 Life UK

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  • Need


    Youth unemployment is the issue this programme addresses.

    Birmingham has the highest rate of youth unemployment amongst core cities in the UK (10.5%) - over double the UK average (4.2%), and 41% of its population has not achieved the government's target of 5 A* - C GCSEs. Being NEET once makes you eight times more likely to be NEET again, and young people then face the lasting impacts of unemployment - low self-esteem, mental health issues, crime and ASB and lifetime wage scarring.


    Our 'NEET' programme - an employability and personal development programme for 16 - 25 years olds who are NEET, develops their employability and key life skills - providing them with the support they need to move into sustained employment, education or training. Covering 12-months, with an initial intensive group-based 5-week programme, activities include structured sport sessions, accredited qualifications (up to QCF Level 2), employability workshops, mock interviews and 1-2-1 mentoring support

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support 320 NEET young people aged 16-25 to re-engage with employment, education or training.


    » Structured sport sessions - following our 'sport syllabus', they develop key life skills around communication, leadership, respect & team work.
    » Employability workshops - CV writing clinics, job applications, mock interviews with corporate partners, external speakers and money skills training.
    » Training - accredited courses including Sports Leaders UK, youth achievement awards, work skills and courses bespoke to the individuals.
    » Mentoring - qualified mentors that act as a positive role model to work on a 1-2-1 basis with the young person to create a bespoke support package.

    What success will look like

    We aim to support 75% of the NEETs to re-engage with employment, education or training. 90% will improve their self-esteem and 80% will gain an accredited training qualification.

  • Impact


    75% of the 320 NEET young people (240) engaged will re-engage with employment, education or training over the course of the year. 180 of these will sustain this outcome for more than 6 months with the support of our mentors. 100 NEETs will achieve long-term (6 months+) sustained employment. On top of this, we aim to support 80 NEETs to progress into structured volunteering within their local communities - supporting even more young people to make a positive change in their lives.


    Recruitment is a potential risk, yielding low numbers. Another risk is that young people fail to re-engage with employment, education or training and/or drop out. We mitigate these risks by (i) developing our existing network of referral agents for the programme (e.g. Job Centres, Prince's Trust, Youth Offending Teams), (ii) using our track record of success to continually improve delivery and (iii) implementing our structured risk policy and risk assessments (overseen by the SMT and Trustees).


    We can provide monthly bulletins and updates (e.g. e-newsletters) on the progress of the programme, including outputs, outcomes, SROI (social return on investment) figures and case studies. Information will also be available on the website, social media, and annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Delivery staff Employability tutors, training coordinators, mentors and sports coaches working across the 3 sites
      £5,000 Facility hire Facilities for sports sessions, training courses and workshops
      £2,500 Equipment Equipment and educational resources needed to deliver the activities
      £7,000 Training Accredited training qualifications - resource packs and course costs
      £3,000 Expenses Travel expenses for NEET young people to reduce travel as a barrier to engagement / attendance
      £2,500 Marketing & Admin Flyers, promotion, stationery, printing and general admin costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Comic Relief £20,000 Guaranteed
    PIMCO Foundation £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This programme will be delivered exclusively in the city of Birmingham. 143,576 people in the city aged 16+ have no qualifications, 40% of the population live in the top 10% most deprived wards in the UK and the youth unemployment rate is 10.5% (UK average is 4.2%). Figures are even higher in Ladywood (31.8%), Balsall Heath (24.5%) and Washwood Heath (40.9%) - the 3 target areas for this project.


    Disadvantaged and unemployed NEET (not in employment, education or training) young people aged 16-25 (including ex-offenders), from the city of Birmingham will benefit from the project. These young people can access any of the programmes being delivered across the 3 sites in Ladywood, Balsall Heath and Washwood Heath, where youth unemployment is rife.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sport 4 Life is the best charity to carry out this project for the following reasons: (i) We have a strong track record of delivering tangible outcomes to NEET young people, as evidenced by our historical impact and SROI (for example, in 2015/16 we progressed 66% of our beneficiaries from NEET to EET), (ii) our staff are qualified (we are Matrix IAG accredited) and act as positive role models and (iii) we are managed and governed effectively, as evidenced by our Investors In People accreditation

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Matthew Forsyth

    Matthew is an experienced and qualified Project Manager, and will oversee all the operational elements of the programme across the 3 sites.

The programme helped me grow in confidence and the tutor supported me to become more employable - without that support I wouldn't have got my new job.

Hasan (Aged 21)