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Staff and young people at Connexions
Staff and young people at Connexions
Young people have their say on careers and training
14 July 2011
Being out of work is not an easy situation for anyone to find themselves in.

But one group of young people from Wigan have used it as a opportunity to make a DVD to help inform future decisions on services for the unemployed.

The group of NEET – or Not in Employment,  Education or Training – young people put together a short film of interviews with training providers such as Rathbone, ProCo and Central Skills.
They also shared their feelings on what it is like to be young and unemployed, what services have worked for them and told of their hopes for the future.

It is hoped the film will now be watched by other young people looking for work or training, and used as a crucial tool by those looking at the future services for young people.

Deputy Service Manager for Connexions Imtiaz Kala said: “Now the project making this DVD is finished, it is by no means the end of the road for it. It is just the beginning.
“We are going to take the film to various organisations, the young people’s cabinet and to other council committees who will be looking at provisions for NEET young people in future.”

Emma Farrimond, 18, from Beech Hill, Charlotte Edwards, 19, from Ashton, Rachel Wilson, 19, from Scholes and Stephen Hamer, 19, from Worsley Hall, got involved with the project after visiting Wigan Connexions centre in Standishgate.

The four worked with filmmaker Bryan Dixon, and were supported by personal advisors and youth workers from Wigan Council’s Connexions and Youth Services, and the Creative Industries in Salford project throughout the research and filming.