‘STEPS to 16’ is an alternative programme run by Surrey Care Trust to support young people aged 14-16 who have been excluded from school. High quality mentoring enables students to gain City and Guilds qualifications in Maths, English and ICT functional skills, and OCN personal development certificates, so they can move onto further education or employment.
The HSYA award funded an OCN module involving drug awareness, sexual exploitation, good decision making and staying safe online, all aimed at reducing crime amongst some of the most disadvantaged young people in Surrey. This has improved the students’ understanding of the wider effects of crime and how it limits life opportunities.
Before he was referred to STEPS, Sam (name changed) hadn’t really attended school for almost a year. Instead, he had been hanging out with a group who were regularly getting into trouble with the police for fighting, shoplifting and stealing bikes and mopeds. Now he wants to go on to a tree surgery course at Merrist Wood College, so supported by his tutors – as the students have been throughout the pandemic – he is working hard to achieve the qualifications he needs to get accepted onto the course and a promising career.
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