Personal development

Unemployment rates are three times higher for 16-25 year olds when compared with the rest of the UK population. (Office for National Statistics, Young People NEET August 2015). The number of 16-24 year olds who are unemployed currently stands at 739,400 or 16.5% of the economically active population (Supporting Employability in London, a September 2015 report by The Work Foundation).

Young people who are experiencing barriers to education and employment are at an increased risk of also encountering problems with housing. At the same time, young people who are already having problems leading to a need for accommodation services can often also experience barriers to education and employment opportunities.

In trying to address this, we have developed a range of personal development opportunities to support young people in discovering their skills, talents, and aspirations and then to work with them to take steps towards achieving those aspirations.

Our focus is on skills, talents, and ambitions so we will work with young people to help them identify these, offering support and guidance to enable a young person to work out their next steps. We offer support with CV writing and interview techniques. In addition to advice and guidance, there are occasions where we can offer financial support for materials or travel to help with progression to education or employment.

Our Personal Development Services Include:

Peer Education is an awareness raising presentation / workshop service operating in schools and colleges.

What?

Peer Education gives young people who’ve been supported by Step by Step the opportunity to build on their presentation skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through presenting to their peers. For the audiences, Peer Education provides a platform from which young people can learn about the causes and impact of homelessness in an effort to challenge perceptions of homelessness and inform young people of the services available to them.

Who For?

Peer Education is for both young people supported directly by Step by Step – as a personal development tool, and for young people in schools and colleges – as an educational tool.

Locations

Peer Education sessions are currently run by the Training and Development Worker in our Aldershot Foyer and can serve schools and colleges in the surrounding areas (North East Hampshire and South West Surrey).

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Our Work So Far

344

education or employment opportunities were accessed over the course of last year.

241

young people used training services last year (with 211 attending groups and 47 also attending 1:1 sessions).

140

young people achieved a total of 1377 AQA Unit Award certificates during the last year.