The Award Programme - 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 educational, employment or training the extra support they need to get back on track – gain confidence, self esteem and relevant personal and vocational skills as required. There are no entry requirements just a willingness by the young person to achieve.
The programme is full time, roll on roll off with starting points throughout the year 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
- work towards completing their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
- experience working life, through supported work experience opportunities/placements and ongoing career advice
- gain nationally recognised 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
- 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
- NCFE Employability (E-L2)
Possible additional qualifications:
- ASDAN Award
- Health and Safety Award
- Food Hygiene Award
- John Muir 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:
- New Forest
- East Hampshire
If you know of a young person who could benefit from support through the Award Programme, contact the referrer for the area.
Award Programme Area
Who to contact
023 8087 7960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org