Somerset Skills for Young People

As a Youth Work organisation we regularly work with young people who struggle with mainstream education programmes. Working in partnership with Petroc community grants allows us to support young people to learn in a way that suits them.

The programme is delivered by Young Somerset for young people aged 16-24 who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming NEET. Young Somerset offers bespoke educational packages alongside nationally recognised accreditation.

Funded through the European Social Fund, Skills Funding Agency and Petroc's Community grants, the aim is to help build resilience, positivity and getting young people to find the best way to a brighter future.

If you are aged 16-24 and would like to get involved, please contact Barney on 07773 343335 or email [email protected] 

What is Focus5?


The #Focus5 project provides unique, flexible, one-to-one support to young people aged 15-18 across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset, who need help taking small steps into education, employment or training. The project aims to help young people develop the five main skills identified as being gateways to employment; Communication, Customer Service, Organisations, Teamwork and Problem Solving.

Who Can Benefit?

#Focus5 helps young people who may be struggling to move forwards in life. We are funded to support those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming so. We also help any young people who are home educated or out of education/employment for medical reasons.


What Support is on Offer?

Young people are assigned to a #Focus5 key worker who works one-to-one with them to build confidence, improve self-esteem and recognise strengths. Together they then create a bespoke plan of activities to meet immediate and long term aspirations. This can include; creating a CV, applying for jobs or apprenticeships, interview training and work experience, developing organisational and life skills, learning about financial independence, mentoring to overcome barriers and social skills activities. Partner organisations we work with include; Sound Gallery, Eat That Frog, Young Devon, Young Somerset, Brain in Hand, Wings South West, I Can Do That CIC!, Cosmic, The Volunteer Network. Childcare funding is available for young parents while they are working with #Focus5.


How to Refer?

If you know any young people who could benefit from #Focus5, email the team on[email protected] or refer them via our website