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Post 16 Transition Support

Making decisions about what to do after Year 11 can be difficult, there are a lot of choices that need to be made at the right time. Young people and their parents/carers need to know what to do and when. Our Engagement Officers provide information and advice through our KentChoices website, virtual parents’ evenings and through direct support to young people and their schools.

Not all young people are ready for their next step after Year 11. Our Engagement Officers work with schools and other services to identify those young people who are at risk of becoming classified as not in education, employment or training (NEET). From there they are able to provide targeted, tailored support. Schools can choose from a menu of support options, or develop a bespoke offer to suit the needs of their learners.

Those who still need help beyond September are transferred to our NEET Support Service, where they receive individualised help. Either way, those identified as being at risk of being NEET in Year 11 are tracked for a year after compulsory education, so where necessary they can be quickly reengaged.

Last year, we directly supported 748 young people with their post 16 transition from Year 11 to Year 12.

Meet the Team

In his current role, Owen oversees the work of the KentChoices Development Manager and a team of Engagement Officers. He also chairs 'Participation Meetings' which are attended by secondary schools, colleges, training providers and other services attend.

Owen enjoys his role because he gets to work with a great team who strive hard every single day to help achieve great outcomes for young people. This motivates him to do the same and while there are constant barriers to overcome, Owen enjoys being in a role where he can help make changes to overcome these barriers.

at The Education People. Whilst working with the team Zara has completed her Level 4 Diploma in Careers Information and Advice, which has provided her with the skills and knowledge to best support young people in their career journey.

Zara has a keen interest in Psychology, especially within the education sector, and has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Zara believes education should be accessible to all, and tailored to each learners needs, and is passionate about applying this to all her work.

Zara loves the diversity post-16 options brings to young people, allowing them to tailor their educational journey to their interests and learning style. Zara thrives when supporting young people make the most of their education and look forward to a fulfilling and exciting career.

Prior to joining The Education People, Liberty worked as a School Liaison Officer which gave her the skills and understanding to work collaboratively with schools and other agencies to support young people to reach their full potential.

Liberty is passionate about empowering young people to make informed decisions about their future and the post 16 options available to them. This is achieved by offering support and advice through assemblies, workshops and one to one sessions, to help young people improve their knowledge and skills and feel confident to make their next step.

prior to joining The Education People. Hayley’s field of expertise is in land-based education with a specialism in Equine Science, a vocational based subject area in which Hayley holds several professional qualifications alongside a BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies.

Hayley brings experience of team management, engagement with a range of external partners and a strong understanding of the post 16 landscape through her previous roles, with a particular interest in ensuring young people have the relevant skills and accurate information to make an informed choice regarding their next step whether that be education, training, or employment with training.

Always looking to develop new skills, Hayley has achieved qualifications in coaching, assessing, mental health awareness and is currently working towards a L4 Diploma in Careers Information and Advice. These qualifications, alongside her vast experience of working with young people within educational settings have led Hayley to her current role as Engagement Officer with the aim of increasing the number of young people aged 16-24 engaged in education, training, or employment with training.

Hayley relishes working with young people to highlight the post-16 options available to them and enjoys the variety of attending a range of education providers in order to deliver both group sessions and one to one sessions in a more tailored approach.

to support those who are vulnerable and raise aspirations for young people. This underpins the experiences he has gained over the past decade.

While exploring new career opportunities when leaving teaching, I remained enthusiastic about working with a person-centred organisation who strive to make a positive impact.

The Engagement Officer role has allowed me to utilize a blend of my knowledge and skills to deliver purposeful and engaging assemblies, workshops and inventions to KS3, KS4 and KS5 across West Kent. These sessions are targeted and proven to reduce the risk of a young person being NEET when leaving education; while promoting and identifying career paths, opportunities and developing a young person’s employability skills.