Council’s mentors take their next step

PLAN: County Hall
PLAN: County Hall
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The next phase of Lancashire County Council’s £3m project to recruit ex-service personnel as mentors in the county’s schools has begun.

The first nine of 50 mentors who will provide support to pupils aged between 14 and 16 and hope to improve their achievement in class and their attendance at school, and to reduce the number who are excluded, have started work.

The decision to recruit the mentors was taken at a meeting in October by members of the council’s cabinet.

It has been agreed that the first year of the five-year programme will be run as a pilot project, with Pendle and Hyndburn the first two districts to benefit.

In addition to supporting ex-service personnel to retrain and obtain employment, the proposal will also contribute to a reduction in the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training in Lancashire.

The project is being led by a steering group chaired by County Councillor Mark Perks, Cabinet Member for Young People. One Connect Limited’s Employment and Support Service is running the programme.

During the pilot period, training provider Skill Force will be commissioned to assess and train the ex-service personnel. Measures such as recruitment and retention and progress of young people will be analysed.