Project information

Young Peoples Journey 2 Work

To empower young people, disadvantaged and disengaged 11-24 years not in education, employment or training (NEET). Our Lifeskills centres offer pastoral support, mentors, youth development, training, employment opportunities, education and skills training to get jobs.

18 months

Charity information


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  • Need


    TwentyTwenty is focused on supporting young people to gain vital life skills that will help them succeed in the workplace through a structured programme of business networking events, work experience placements, and job opportunities. Our programme is truly ‘employability’ focused, offering career planning, CV development and interview training. Over the last two years 99% of the young people who registered on to our courses stayed until the end, with 95% achieving their objectives.


    We have a tailored package of support to help young people develop the resilience and motivation to overcome complex personal and social challenges. This ranges from pastoral support, a 1-to-1 key worker, a counsellor to help deal with more entrenched issues, and a year-long volunteer mentor. This approach has helped us to support young people with a wide range of personal issues. For example we reduced reoffending and ASB amongst our cohort of young people by 75% last year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    ‘Journey to Work’ provides consistent and ongoing support to our young people for up to 18 months.


    » Education, employment and training: Ensure all students are supported to obtain work experience in an area of interest related to their ambitions.
    » Pastoral support: Develop proactive support service where needs are identified upon enrollment. Ensuring that exit from mentor support is gradual.
    » Recording and monitoring: Improving the recording and monitoring systems in terms of attendance, qualifications, work experience and progression.

    J2W provides a coherent set of vital core competencies that young people must attain in order to become ready for work. We use an evidence based reporting tools.

  • Impact


    A young persons successful transition into employment or further education, sustained for at least 12 months. We ensure that the J2W coach, a paid staff member, can stay engaged if the young person needs their support providing consistent and ongoing support for up to eighteen months. This long term support is vital to providing the best opportunity for them to secure and keep a good job, and to give them the best chance of a bright future.


    We have a strong understanding of the work that we need to fully develop J2W. This funding would provide additional consultation and development work with a wider group of employers and young people, and would allow the TwentyTwenty team to develop the J2W framework into a fully comprehensive tool to support young people into work. As this develops and grows, our aim is to seek further funding based on evidence of success.


    We report using an outcomes and outputs evaluation database to ensure consistent and measured progress. This produces read-outs on different activities undertaken, young people involved and projects work on, as well as figures on areas such as attainment, retention, attendance and progression.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 J2W model Consultation and development
  • Background


    We now deliver across three Lifeskills Centres (Leicester, Loughborough and Derby), and with the help of strategic partners in the Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, Regional and National Government, business and through our 37 committed funders and we are planning to expand even further in the coming years.


    An 8-12 week initial programme based on supporting young people to effectively engage with TwentyTwenty, and examine their core strengths and areas of interest. This is delivered to small groups (8-10) of young people. Based in our centre or in a community venue, this is an asset based approach within a framework of person centred support to help young people to understand and truly ‘own’ their journey with TwentyTwenty. Its about 'quick wins' aimed to boost a young persons confidence.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    On average 89% of our students achieve their key aims, move on to sustained further education or jobs. Over last 3 years we’ve been commended by the local authority for contributing significantly to a 20% drop in the number of NEET young people in Leicestershire, especially on the toughest estates, and correspondingly seeing an average 80% reduction in crime ASB perpetrated by our students (verified by official Police data).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Hughes

    CEO and founder. Led TwentyTwenty to high performance and growth since inception, has co-authored a number of influential reports on tackling youth.

    Sarah Ford

    Operations Director Sarah started as a volunteer in 2008, then launched our successful pre-16 programme, has excelled in every single promotion.

    Sheila Tully

    Corporate manager who leads on securing business relationships held a senior position at Barnardos, previously expanded our mentoring to 2 counties

    Izzy Neale

    Our Regional Operations Manager, also a qualified counsellor has successfully been managing all our bespoke support projects for each student.