Nearly ⅓ of disadvantaged young people in Stoke-on-Trent are not in education, employment or training (NEET) – the third highest percentage in the West Midlands.


Evidence suggests that almost half of those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) at age 17 and 18 are still NEET one year later, and those who are NEET at age 18 and 19 are 28% more likely than others to be unemployed 5 years later and 20% more likely to be so 10 years later.


‘Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area’


Our programme is designed for young people aged 16 to 24 who are not currently in education, employment or training and looking to pursue a career in community sport or youth work. In addition to mentoring, participants will have opportunities to access accredited qualifications, receive training, develop their employability and life skills, and gain valuable work experience in a community sport, physical activity and youth work setting.

‘We want to identify and nurture talent that we know exists in our communities’ 

‘Young people can become positive role models to younger members of their community’