Looking Ahead Pilot
Looking Ahead is a new online video mentoring pilot project to support young people aged 18-25 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). This will help them make informed decisions about their future education and career.
This work builds on a previous project, The Switch, which supported young people in face-to-face mentoring relationships.
Our pilot has provided mentoring for a NEET young person, aged 19, using video technology.
The project will run in partnership with:
- Fitzrovia Youth in Action, who referred young people for our pilot project, and who provide transitional opportunities for young people in Camden.
- Odro, an experienced IT company which will provide secure, user-friendly online video messaging.
TimeBank will deliver online volunteer training and will provide a range of support and guidance documents, as well as suggested topics to cover each session. Topics will include applications to apprenticeships, courses and job roles, interview preparation and goal setting.
Why the project needs to take place (and what you expect the outcomes to be)
In London 13.3% of young people aged 16-24 are not in education, employment or training (Labour Force Survey, 2018). Studies have shown that time spent NEET can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental health and increase the likelihood of long-term unemployment or low wages later in life. By matching young people with mentors, this project aims to improve their employability skillset and take positive steps towards finding employment, education or training.