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Nacro’s new education centre in Boston, the Haven, is opening its doors to Boston townspeople this month. The Haven will provide new opportunities to 16-19 year olds who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET) – according to the latest figures, 4.4% of Lincolnshire 16-18 year olds are NEET. Part of the reason for this is that those with complex educational and behavioural needs sometimes lack adequate provision and fall through the cracks at a vital stage in their development, adversely impacting truancy rates and further exacerbating the NEET population as well as youth unemployment figures

The official opening event at 11am on Wednesday 9 July 2014 showcases the work of Nacro Education, and is an opportunity for local employers, schools, local agencies and councillors to meet our students and teachers to see what we will be offering and understand how we help build up young people’s skills and get them ready for work.

The new Mayor of Boston, Alison Austin, is cutting the ribbon and is joined by some of the local councillors who all have a special interest in the opportunities being offered to the young people of Boston. There are student-led activities during the opening and refreshments are provided in the centre’s sports room.

Gareth J Jones, manager of the new education centre in Boston, said:

“The Haven centre in Boston will offer young people in the local community free access to the skills and knowledge they need to get into education, training or employment through specific and highly supportive education courses.

“Nacro equips young people with the vocational, practical and interpersonal skills they need to access work placements, apprenticeships and enter the world of employment. We work with a wide range of employers to ensure they get the young people who are the right fit for their businesses.”

Competitions with prizes will take place throughout the centre including an interactive sports competition. Both events will feature demonstrations in all our vocational areas for everyone to have a go, and the open day on 14 July will be offering taster sessions for everyone to have a go in:

  • Sports theory
  • Child care
  • Retail

Nacro’s courses allow young people to earn while they learn – with bursaries and travel costs while attending the courses. The Haven offers:

  • Sports Courses, Level 1 and 2
  • Child Care Courses, Level 1 and 2
  • Retail Courses, Level 1 and 2
  • English, maths and ICT Qualifications
  • Employability
  • Traineeships and work placements

Next Monday, 14 July, the Haven will be holding an Open Day for potential students and referrers from 2pm to 6pm to give them a chance to get a feel for the new centres.

The Haven will help provide a solution to the multiple barriers faced by these young people and represents a major step forward in what is a challenging environment for schools, specialist service providers and the government. Our Study Programme is for 16-19 year olds and offers a personalised curriculum to give each learner the best possible chance of getting into education or training or finding a job. Nacro know that working with young people who’ve had a difficult start in life can be challenging. So when things get tough, we stick with the learners, challenging their thinking where necessary and providing them with the support and the knowledge they need to get ahead.

Nacro’s education centres provide employment preparation, problem solving, and pre-vocational and vocational courses for young people. Last month, Ofsted awarded our national education provision a grade 2 following its recent inspection of 18 of our 36 education centres placing Nacro at the top of this specialist sector of education.