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CLARENCE @ NACROClarence Mitchell, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, visited Nacro Brighton Education Centre on Thursday 15th January. Nacro’s education centres around the country provide vocational courses that give young people the skills and qualifications required to find a job that suits them.

Just under 15% of young people aged 16 – 24 years old in the south east are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) (1) – but keeping young people in education will only result in better qualified, “job-ready” young people if they find a learning environment that meets their needs as well as the demands of local employers.

Clarence said: “I am very impressed with the vital work Nacro does and it was a pleasure to meet staff and learners. 2,000 apprenticeships have been created in Brighton Pavilion and Nacro provides an excellent stepping stone for young people to access these opportunities.

“The Brighton Education Centre provides an atmosphere that enables its learners to achieve their potential. I was particularly struck by the enthusiasm of the team and the centre manager Sean Atkinson. He and his team are to be congratulated on the work that they do.

“Nacro is proof how invaluable the third charity sector is, that is something I wholeheartedly support”

Sean Atkinson, Centre Manager of Nacro Education Centre in Brighton, said: “Nacro Education offers young people free access to gain the skills they need to get back into education, training or employment through specific and highly supportive education courses. If you are 16 – 18 years old and have not got the grades you were hoping for, not going to college but looking for education or employment then Nacro can support you with this”

“Our qualifications and training meet the needs of local employers so each young person has the best possible chance of accessing local jobs and training. You can learn in an enjoyable and practical way in friendly sessions and workshops. Bursary payments mean you get paid up to £40 a week to study. Nacro also covers students’ travel costs and the possibility for free lunches on days of attendance.”

Further information can be obtained by calling the centre on 01273 704010, or attending the Open Day on Thursday 12th February between 10am and 4pm

Lauren Enticknapp, 19, said: “At High School, I didn’t get any qualifications, so I left school with nothing to offer the big wide world. I started at Nacro and they made me realise that it wasn’t too late to make something of myself. I continued to study at Nacro and I achieved a Level 1 Certificate in Employment, Training and Personal Development in Retail, a Level 1 in Maths and finally my Level 2 English!”

Jade Back, 18, said: “Nacro has offered me a chance to believe in myself and to always try that little extra – because let’s face it, that little extra can take you a long way! Nacro has given me the first steps towards what I go on to achieve next in my life and I personally wouldn’t be where I am without Nacro and all of the staff members.”


Notes to Editors
(1) https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/neet-statistics-quarterly-brief-july-to-september-2014

1. Available for interview and photo opportunity:
Clarence Mitchell – Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion – 07500 975517
Sean Atkinson – Nacro Brighton Education Centre Manager – 01273 704010

2. Nacro’s Education centre in Brighton helps provide a solution to the multiple barriers faced by 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.

Full details of Nacro’s education provision are available at https://www.nacro.org.uk/what-we-do/education-services/

3. Nacro is the largest provider of vocational education and training in the country. In our Ofsted Inspection this year, Nacro’s national education provision was awarded a “good” and received this feedback in the report:
• “Learners gain greater confidence and self-esteem while they study at Nacro. They improve their personal and social skills very effectively and increase their chances of getting a job or continuing in education”
• “Significant, well planned and targeted investment is providing learners with good, well-equipped classrooms and workshops”

At Nacro, the crime reduction charity, we are dedicated to providing young people with the skills they need to get back into education, training or employment through specialised programmes such as the Study Programme.

For all press enquires, please Bharat Azad at the Nacro London office at media@nacro.org.uk Tel: 020 7840 7214