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Wales Launches £7M Neet Project

Magazine article Public Finance

Wales Launches £7M Neet Project

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The Welsh Assembly Government has announced that £7m will be used to prevent teenagers falling oui; of education and training or becoming unemployed.

In a pioneering use of European Union funding, the initiative labelled Pre-Vent - will use almost £4m from the European Social Fund to help young people who find it difficult to learn or are at risk of leaving school without qualifications or skills.

The three-year programme will target 11 to 13-year-olds and will be led by Blaenau Gwent Council, in collaboration with Bridgend, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil councils.

The deputy minister for skills, Labours John Griffiths, said it was the first time that a Europeanfunded project had been created to target 11 to 13-year-olds. 'Pre-Vent will address the underlying cause of disengagement and through that, the tendency to longer-term unemployment and economic inactivity'

In 2007 the unemployment rate for under -25s was more than double that for people over 25. …

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