The North East is top of the table nationally when it comes to delivering the Government's Youth Contract.
Figures released by the Department for Education show that employment and training specialists, Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) is the number one provider in the UK through delivery of its Nu-Traxx scheme. The scheme is designed to help young people re-engage with education, training or employment. Over the past year, PPDG has interacted with 423 young people resulting in a 41% success rate for youngsters re-entering some form of education or training – eight per cent more than those in neighbouring areas in the East of England, Yorkshire and Humberside. In Sunderland the success is particularly high with more than 70% of young people engaging positively in one of the three.
One of the success stories is 18-year-old Natalie Armstrong, from Hall Farm, East Sunderland, who went along to the PPDG with a desire to pursue a role in care or retail.
PPDG youth coach, Kelly Mclachlan, helped Natalie gain a place at TCV Employment and Training Services in Sunderland, and during that time an opportunity came up for an apprenticeship at The Old Vicarage Care Home on Stockton Road.
“I was delighted because this is exactly what I wanted to do,” said Natalie.