GetSkilled is a National Grid initiative designed to support 16-20 year old NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people who find it hard to progress into work or further training. Students initially attend a National Grid Business Learning Centre uniquely located on a University campus before progressing onto work placements.
The individually tailored programme lasts up to a year and is designed to build work-related skills before providing students with opportunities to take part in work placements equipping them with the experience needed by employers.
There are almost a million NEET in the UK and GetSkilled seeks to help address this serious problem.
GetSkilled is the first UK initiative using an inspirational University environment in partnership with industry, to provide skills training and pathways to work for this disadvantaged group of young people.
GetSkilled currently operates at the University of Warwick located on the Coventry border and at Liverpool John Moores University. The objective is for each young person to successfully transition into either College, an apprenticeship or employment.
GetSkilled Warwick was adapted to include a pilot for Looked-after children in 2015.
But importantly what do people say about GetSkilled:
“Jonathan was beginning to lose faith and was directionless after two failed attempts at different college courses, but we saw a huge difference after he was accepted onto GetSkilled. He is more positive and looks forward to the future. I’d like to express our gratitude to National Grid for running such an inspiring course. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young people who feel they no longer have employment prospects and might not otherwise gain meaningful employment.” (parent of a GetSkilled student)
GetSkilled students said:
“Its great coming to the University it’s busy and fun and when you walk around everyone is friendly and it makes you want to work like everyone else”
“I have got into a College which 12 months ago I couldn’t get into – thanks to GetSkilled I will be doing the course I want”
“I learnt how to behave at interviews and feel more confident”
For information on GetSkilled contact:
GetSkilled Office Administrator
“My six months at GetSkilled helped me understand what I needed to do to achieve my dream."