Cheshire East Council has been declared best in the North West - and fourth nationally – for providing education and training opportunities to youngsters aged 16 and 17.
The Government’s September Guarantee scheme requires local authorities to find education and training opportunities for every young person within this age range. It is responsive to the needs of young people today offering apprenticeships, training opportunities and further education in school sixth forms and colleges.
In Cheshire East, 7,630 young people (99.4 per cent) are successfully being engaged in the scheme.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cheshire East Council cabinet member in charge of children and families, said: “I am tremendously proud of these figures which demonstrate the outstanding work that colleagues are doing to give our young people the best possible start to their working lives.”
The achievement was made possible by the work of the Council’s youth support service team which works to engage with young people in the Borough in addition to developing strong partnerships with schools, colleges and training providers.
This news supports the Council’s children and young people’s plan which can be found by visiting www.cheshireeast.gov.uk and searching for children’s trust.
The plan strives to ensure all children and young people leave school with the best skills and qualifications they can achieve and the life skills to support them in the workplace.