Not in education, employment or training (NEET)

We are committed to reducing the number of young people who are not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET). These young people may face multiple barriers to their participation and need a different type of support.

They may already receive support from local services, but need a package of help aimed specifically at returning to work or learning.

Careers guidance support for young people who are NEET

16 to 18-year-olds (up to 25 with an EHCP or a Care Leaver)

If you are a young person who is aged 16 to 18 (up to 25 with an EHCP or a Care Leaver) and are not currently in any form of education, employment or training or you have recently dropped out of school, college or another training programme you can get free independent careers guidance and support from Warwickshire County Council’s commissioned service Prospects.

Contact Telephone
Prospect Services 0800 731 3219 or 024 7632 1950

Prospects work from a number of outreach centres across the county.

As soon as a young person is identified or referred to Prospects, Prospects will (on behalf of Warwickshire County Council):

  • contact the young person
  • assess their needs in order to offer specialist careers advice and guidance
  • help the young person to apply for education, training and employment opportunities
  • support the young person through to a positive result, for example, an apprenticeship or enrolment onto a college course
  • refer them to an appropriate re-engagement programme.

Aged 19 and older

If you are aged 19 or over and are not currently in education, employment or training, you can get free independent careers guidance and support from the National Careers Service.

Support for young people who are NEET

There is a range of partners work together across Warwickshire ​to help support more young people to engage in work or learning.

Groundwork UK - Progress

Bbo and progress logo august 2019

Groundwork UK is the lead partner for the Building Better Opportunities Progress programme, with local partners leading on all local delivery across Warwickshire.

Progress is designed for young people who are not in education, employment or training and are furthest from the labour market and would benefit from one-to-one support.
Participants will be allocated a Progress Coach – an experienced youth worker with an employment focus - who will help develop an action plan tailored to the individual needs.

Progress Coaches will help to set goals and targets and motivate and challenge participants to achieve their full potential. Participants will receive up to 12 months of one-to-one support and group work to help them overcome barriers to work and make positive steps towards employment and education. Participants will have access to courses and activities throughout, including English and maths Functional Skills.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15 to 24 years old
  • living within a Coventry or Warwickshire postcode
  • Not in Education, Employment or Training or at risk of becoming NEET
  • unemployed or economically inactive
  • legally resident in the UK and able to take paid employment in European Union member states (and therefore eligible for ESF funds)

Contact Telephone Email
Julia Spencer, Programme Officer 0121 237 5756
Joe Osborne, Programme Coordinator 0121 237 5882
General Enquiries 0121 236 8565

Princes Trust at the Warwickshire College Group

Princes trust team programme

Prince's Trust Team is a free 12-week programme run by the Warwickshire College Group. You can join a Prince’s Trust Team Course at several locations across Warwickshire, starting on various dates.

Warwickshire locations:

  • Leamington Spa - WCG Royal Leamington Spa College
  • Rugby - WCG Rugby College
  • Nuneaton - Central Fire Station, Nuneaton

The Team programme is free to join. It includes challenges which help build confidence and give you new skills and qualifications. It includes two weeks work placement; careers advice,  a residential week away from home, help with job searches and nationally recognised qualifications.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aged between 16 to 25 years
Contact Telephone Email
Paul Harrison, 
Senior Programme
07799 843722
0330 135 6599

Workpays - 4 Steps to Progress

Workpays logo

Workpays 4 Steps to Progress offers tailored support, which includes relevant education and work placements. Each participant is guided through a range of pastoral and vocational qualifications to achieve their own progression goals.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15 to 24 years old
  • Not in Education, Employment or Training
  • Looking for support to progress to further education, an apprenticeship or a job
Contact Email


PET-Xi’s barrier breaking Positive Futures Plus programme has been developed to help 15-24 year olds not currently in education, employment or training - or at risk of becoming so.

Providing a high level of personal attention, mentoring and motivational support. Through our personal mentoring approach and comprehensive programme, they have the opportunity to gain qualifications and employability, maths and English skills, with the overall aim of helping them to progress into a positive destination.

Participants in the programme can receive support with important areas like how to go about applying for a job, CV and cover-letter writing and perfecting their interview skills as well as help with building confidence and skills for work.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 15-24 at risk of or not in employment, education or training
  • Living in a Coventry or Warwickshire postcode
Contact Telephone Email
Kerri Bowers, Contract Manager 07387412949

New Meaning

New Meaning Training works with young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training or at risk of becoming NEET

We offer one-to-one and group support in a nurturing environment to help our young people achieve not only a qualification but explore who they are, guide them through their learning and support them in gaining an income.

Our goal is that each young person leaves New Meaning Training confident in their own strengths and abilities motivated to earn their own living.


  • Maths Functional skills
  • English Functional skills
  • Stepping Stones
  • Employability
  • Diploma in Independent Living Skills
  • Level 1 Construction Crafts Qualification
  • Work Experience through placements

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 15 to 24 years old with or without an Education and Health Care plan


Alex Cooper Area Manager - Warwickshire and Coventry

Telephone: 07873840257

Other provision

There are a number of Training Providers and Further Education Colleges operating in Warwickshire who also offer a range of post-16 options.