THE ODYSSEY PROJECT
The Odyssey Project is a project delivered by EET Group to support NEET or Risk of NEET young people in accessing Employment Education and Training through our qualified person-centred mentors. The Odyssey Project Stages are as follows:-
The Referral/Recruitment of Learners
The Referral of the young person, the referral can come from Schools, Parents, Carers, Social workers, YOT, School, NEET Team, Youth Centre etc. We will request for a referral form to be filled our extensively from our referring partner to ensure we understand the needs of the young people being referred to us. At this stage, we also ascertain who the young person’s emergency contact is to ensure we let them know about our programme and how to contact us should they require our assistance. Our admin team then book an appointment to see one of our CIAG advisors to start the next stage of our programme.
We ensure our ILP’s and Action plans are carried out by CIAG professionals who ensure the get information on previous educations, any barriers which may stop the young person going into EET, Talk about their current situations (are they safe from harm, relationships etc), goals and aspirations, interests. With this information, we will start mapping out some actions with the young person agreeing to all actions. This forms the individualised part of our programme where actions will be tracked weekly until the young person goes into EET. We use a diagnostic assessment tool to measure where the client currently is and wants to be in the future, we revisit this at 3 and 6 months to monitor progression against their initial assessment.
The Smart Action Plan
The smart action plan is created with what has been discussed with the young person, we will then ensure that part of the action set is to be part of the Odyssey Programme which is non-accredited employability skills which will further, enhance the young person’s journey into Employment Education and Training, each action will be time-bound and tracked by the young person’s personal mentor. The young person will be giving dates of workshops to attend, the whole programme generally lasts 13 hours.
The Start of the Odyssey Project:
CV workshops, Covering Letters, Job Boards and Spec Letters, even if the young person isn’t looking for a Job or an Apprenticeship these are life skills that will benefit the young person further down the line. The programme shows different ways of applying for jobs including the hidden job market.
Is interview Techniques and Enrolment Support, Interview techniques are important in every aspect of being successful in obtaining a placement whether that be Employment, Apprenticeships, University, College or Traineeships, you need to be able to sell yourself. We categorise our young people into what EET placement they are looking for and we support them in enrolment with our partner providers.
Money Management, we deliver a basic money management workshop which allows young people to know about budgeting, the disadvantages of debt, credit rating and interest rates. We know at this stage in their life it is important and essential to budget carefully to ensure you can travel into their EET Destinations.
Preparation into EET and EET Expectations, we go through codes of conducts, acceptable behaviour the benefits of being a good student/employee. The importance of timekeeping and keeping up to date with work. Asking for help if necessary and lastly, we ensure they have all the tools or equipment to be successful in their chosen placement. Our mentors are not scared to challenge the young people when needed to reform them or give them further IAG about their views or beliefs.
Once the Odyssey project has been completed we review and update the young person actions which start from our monthly reviews and complete the 3 and 6 months diagnostic assessments to track progress.
The Start of Accreditation
Our mentors are visible in many of our partner's building, our partners include employers, colleges, apprenticeship companies and Training organisations to provide pastoral support to all young people on the Odyssey project. We start building relationships with our young people’s Tutors, Employers etc to ensure that they know who we are should any problems arise. We track the young person’s progress weekly for the first 6 weeks updating their action plans regularly and ensure that Attendance, Behaviour, Work all forms part of their monthly reviews. After the initial 6 weeks, we start running our bespoke workshops alongside our partner Mentivity in a variety of different areas including:-
Mental Health Awareness
We can adapt our provision based on a particular cohorts support needs, example gang culture is very prominent in Haringey at the moment.
These take place in the colleges and training providers sites and we work within and we run separate sessions on a Saturday for those young people who are either employed or are not attending one of our partner organisation. These programmes support current issues young people are facing and they have an opportunity to discuss their personal needs afterwards with either the training facilitator or their mentor which is the start of removing some of the longer-term barriers these young people are facing. These workshops run throughout the first 9 months of the young person’s journey while each young person also gets monthly one 2 ones to discuss any problems or success with their advisers.
Retention of learners
Due to our programme and having access to young people while they are in their EET placement we are able to ensure that we prevent and stop any bad behaviour or habits before they get out of hand. Our mentors have access to their attendance and will do outreach visits should the young person have any unauthorised absence for a period of time to re-engage them into EET. Monthly reviews take place and actions are set to ensure the young person is ever-improving to their end goal.
We never give up and will always offer support irreverent of their motivation, attitude and personal circumstances