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Project information

Supporting disadvanged young people into work

To help those who are disadvantaged and out of work realise their potential. We provide free learning and support to help 16 - 25 year olds up-skill, build confidence and gain new employment. Working across Wiltshire, we provide free courses, qualifications and support.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: The Learning Curve (Voluntary Sector Development)

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  • Need


    Unemployment in youth has been shown to have lifelong effects on income and employment stability. Usually this is because those affected young individuals have started their working life with inadequate or no qualifications and sometimes low self-esteem. Often we find our learners have not had the best experience at school or have come from troubled or disadvantaged backgrounds. This has left them under skilled, unprepared and not equipped to approach competitive job markets.


    This project will equip disadvantaged 16 – 25 year olds with the basic skills, purpose and confidence to gain employment. The funding will help provide one–to-one support for each learner and a tailored progression path to help them achieve the qualifications needed for future employment. Our focus will be to increase provisions in identified areas of deprivation to help those most in need of support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide equal access to learning for disadvantaged 16 - 25 year olds.


    » Set up hardship fund to support the most vulnerable learners & enable them to progress e.g. providing interview clothes, childcare, breakfast, travel.
    » Target areas of identified derivation to help those who are most vulnerable and in need of support.

    What success will look like

    Monitor retention and success figures for each learner and keep regular contact with each learner to ensure they have the support to attend courses and gain the qualification(s).

    Aim 2

    To provide specialist support to enable learners to progress into employment or further training.


    » Create a clear tailored progression path for each learner to obtain the experience and qualifications needed for future work.
    » Provide professional 1-2-1 support to practice interview skills, interview techniques, CV writing and build confidence.

    What success will look like

    We will keep contact and track learner progressions after the course has finished every 3 and 6 months.

    Aim 3

    Help individuals develop life skills in confidence, self esteem and motivation.


    » Provide professional support and sessions on confidence, team building and reliability to help learners cope with the demands of employment.

    What success will look like

    We will have regular scheduled contact with learners to map and score the progression they have made so far.

  • Impact


    Our courses and support will help all our learners make positive changes and show that learning can significantly improve their chances of gaining employment. Supporting unemployment for 16 - 25 year olds will help mitigate the risks of unemployment at a later age. We will be able to deliver training, guide the development of learners and track the progression of all learners to help get them closer to employment.


    1) Key personnel leaving: mitigated by succession planning, cross training staff to share expertise (including secondments, internal training days, coaching), monitoring exit interview feedback and providing development opportunities, support and salary progression to aid retention

    2) Cuts to Gov funding to EFA & SFA budgets. We have taken measures to cut provision in locations furthest from our core locations in Wilts/Swindon to protect this delivery, as well as diversifying income


    Newsletters. We encourage donors to follow us on social media where we share learner success stories. Donors are welcome to attend learners end of course presentations to witness their achievements. Additional reports e.g. statistics on learner success rates & progression routes can be provided

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,300 Employability workshops Holding six employability workshops for 16 - 25 year olds
      £700 Specialist staff time To provide CV and interview support
      £1,500 Hardship fund Covering clothing, breakfasts, travel, childcare for vulnerable learners
  • Background


    We work across Wiltshire and Swindon with 16 - 25 year olds. Our main areas of delivery include Trowbridge, Salisbury, Melksham and Swindon drawing on all neighbouring and commutable towns within Wiltshire. 4% of Wiltshire residents live in some of the most deprived areas nationally and many of the neighbouring towns are rural and have little access to learning.


    Young people aged 16 - 25 who have had a negative experience in school, struggled with confidence or have come from a disadvantaged or troubled backgrounds. This project is open to a wide range of backgrounds from school leavers, young offenders, young parents or simply individuals who are under skilled and under qualified. The learners themselves will benefit from personal development but also local employers who will have a wider talent pool of skilled labour to recruit from.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As an established education charity, we have a strong track record in changing young lives through the power of learning. As a result of our work, disadvantaged people are better able to support themselves economically and achieve their goals. As an Investors in People Silver standard and Matrix award holder, we have a talented and committed workforce and inspirational leadership team who are all committed to our mission and values and focused on achieving the best outcomes for our learners.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sophie Hanley

    Business Development Manager leading a team of tutors to provide courses in Wiltshire & Swindon. Also manages performance reporting team.

    Gemma Snell

    Team Leader for The Learning Curve Salisbury Prince's Trust Team programme

    Craig Enderby

    Team Leader for The Learning Curve Trowbridge Prince's Trust Team programme