Hampshire Futures

The Award Programme (16–18) – information for referrers

The Award Programme run by Hampshire County Council’s Young People’s Learning team, provides young people aged 16–18 years old (or up to 25 for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities), who are not in education, employment or training the extra support they need to get back on track – gain confidence, self esteem and relevant personal and vocational skills. There are no entry requirements just a willingness by the young person to achieve.

The programme is full time, with starting points at September 14 and April 15 and is designed to support young people to build the confidence and skills they need to engage in employment, training or further education. If the young person secures employment or training with employment during the duration of the programme, this will be classed as a successful outcome.

The programme aims to raise the self esteem of the young people and show them that they can achieve and succeed.

What happens during the programme?

In addition to adventurous outdoor activities, young people will get the chance to:

  • develop practical life skills

  • complete Princes Trust, Personal Development and Employability (PDE) qualification

  • experience working life, through supported work experience opportunities/placements and ongoing career advice

  • gain nationally recognised qualifications

  • Work experience

  • Practical life skills

  • Qualifications

The young people on the programme will also benefit from careers advice and work experience (including placements within the County Council where applicable and relevant). This could be offered either as a block release or ongoing throughout the programme (i.e. one day a week).

Undertaking work experience helps young people gain valuable skills and experience and also gives them the opportunity to visit places of work, talk to staff and research jobs. Careers guidance will also be an ongoing feature of the programme.

During the programme, the learners will undertake a range of activities, which will improve their employability by developing:

  • problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • resilience and independence
  • commitment
  • practical skills
  • leadership and teambuilding skills.

Young people will get the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications. These could include:

  • NCFE Functional Skills (E-L1) and GCSE math and English
  • Princes trust, Personal Development and Employability (E-L2)

Possible additional qualifications:

  • Health and Safety Award
  • Food Hygiene Award

Funding available for young people

The Award Programme is Education Funding Agency (EFA) funded which means that learners on the programme will be able to apply for the 16-19 Bursary fund to support their costs whilst on the course. If eligible they will be able to claim up to £1,200 per year.

Who is it for?

The programme is targeted at young people aged 16–18 years old (or up to 25 for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities), who are not in school/college, training or employment or are just unsure about what they want to do next.

The programme runs in the following areas:
  • Fareham – X-perience Centre, Fareham
  • Gosport – The Nimrod Youth Centre, Rowner, Gosport
  • Havant – venue tbc
  • Hart and Rushmoor – Mayfield Centre, Farnborough
  • Basingstoke – venue tbc
  • New Forest – Hythe Youth Centre, Hythe
  • Eastleigh – Centenary Hall - Eastleigh

If you know of a young person who could benefit from support through the Award Programme, contact the referrer for the area.

Contact details:

Samantha Saye – 07958 791388 Samantha.saye@hants.gov.uk

Susie Higgs – 07718 974657 susie.higgs@hants.gov.uk

Rachel Carter – Rachel.carter2@hants.gov.uk

Hampshire Futures – 01962 846193