‘NEET’ youngsters get selling
PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 July 2012
TEENAGERS gathered in a group in Weston town centre on Friday – to sell cupcakes.
Youngsters taking part in Learning Partnership West’s U R Hired programme set up their dessert-selling stall in the High Street as part of a business enterprise task.
The stall, called Little Bites of Heaven, was run by ‘NEETs’ – young people not in education, employment or training aged 16-18.
Tutor Satchet Singh said: “They come from a variety of different backgrounds, from socially poor areas of Weston, to homelessness, faced with low aspirations and confidence.
“At the start the course learners came with low aspirations and enrolled onto the course with very little motivation.
“By the second week I was able to inspire them by providing them with interactive activities and team building tasks, which gave them a boost of confidence and enthusiasm to undertake the enterprise task.”
The skills learned in the course, which runs three days a week for four weeks, will help to improve their employment prospects in the future, he added.