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Help for Young People

Young People

We deliver a number of programmes across South Hampshire helping Young People that are not in Education, Employment or Training to get back on track. Not all programmes are delivered in all of our centres. For more information about a particular programme please get in touch. 

The BIG Mentoring Project

BIG - Better Relationships, I'm in Control, Grow in Confidence, is a flexible programme to support young people with the most complex needs, 1-1 support combined with small group activity where appropriate, includes non financial incentives to recognise progress and financial support to remove barriers.

  • A robust Initial assessment and needs analysis to agree how best to support the young person. 
  • The young person will receive individual and continuous mentor support to encourage continued engagement.
  • Support to progress to volunteering, apprenticeship, a college course, or employment.


Provides support to young people aged between 15 and 24 who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET to overcome barriers to participation. 

  • 1-1 coaching, support with applications for training and/or employment
  • Traineeships that include a paid training allowance.

IBM Ignite

IBM IgniteUK is a 4 week programme for young people (16-24 year olds) not in employment, training and education.  Its aim is to provide young people with work experience and skills development provided by IBM professionals. Placements will be available in cross functional departments at IBM’s Hursley site. This opportunity is not just for those interested in IT, there are roles in: 

  • Technical
  • Facilities
  • Business Admin
  • Recruitment
  • Marketing/Events
  • Business Operations
  • Media
  • HR 

 Watch videos about the programme on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTAygdZaIUBn4nCYARDwIFQ 

Previous trainees said: 

“Just have fun, it’s a great experience, its way better than I expected.”

“Just thought I’d be given a role and put on a computer but it was more fun.”

“I’ve learnt new skills that will be helpful no matter where I work”

Each trainee is allocated a Mentor who is an experienced member of the IBM team and a Task Manager - these are usually interns or graduates.  There is a huge amount of support available to develop skills, confidence, adaptability and communication in a real life working environment with a surprisingly friendly and informal atmosphere.

Transport and lunch vouchers are provided for the duration of the programme.

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