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Tracking and Supporting Young People

All local authorities have a statutory duty to track the education, employment and training activities of young people aged 15 to 18 years old and report their findings to the Department for Education.  This includes a monthly return, a September Guarantee Survey and a Destination Survey.

The Skills and Employability Service provide the strategic leadership for this, as well as much of the operational activity. This is detailed in the annual NEET Action Plan which is managed by the NEET Interdependencies Group each term.

Each year:

  • over 34,000 young people are tracked
  • data is collected from over 130 schools and 3 college groups with 12 campuses
  • data is collected from local authority services supporting young people
  • over 4000 young people are individually communicated to by our dedicated tracking team via telephone, email, text, letter and social media.

The tracking of young people underpins all of the work delivered by the Skills and Employability Service. It identifies those young people who need support, monitors the success of our careers and transition support and provides the data used to inform planning of young people’s services in Kent.

Meet the Team

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In his position, he engages with and supports 16 to 18 year-olds, reaching out to understand their work and education situations. If they aren't employed or in school, Eric personally offers assistance, guidance and advice, or makes a referral to the NEET Support Service.

Eric maintains regular communication with approximately 28 schools in his area and takes great pride in his work, particularly referral leads to a NEET Support Worker providing meaningful help and guidance that significantly influences a young person's life for the better.

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working in education and SEND settings throughout South East London. She holds a BA Honors Degree in Childhood and Youth Studies (SEN Specialism), as well as a Foundation Degree in Early Years.

After having her youngest child, Katherine started work as an emergency call handler taking calls from elderly, vulnerable and disabled clients and it was through this role that she found her true vocation in life to become a psychotherapist. Katherine is currently studying towards her Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (H.DIP PSY C) and will qualify as a Psychotherapist in 2025.

In her role as Young Persons Participation Officer for West Kent, Katherine is able to quickly build trusting relationships with young people of all different abilities. She achieves this by being truly interested and keen to engage with every young person that she speaks to. As the first port of call for many of our young people and their families, Katherine believe it is important that we really listen to what young people have to say, when deciding how best to support their needs.