Project is hailed a success for young people

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A SCHEME aimed at encouraging school-leavers in East Sussex into education, employment or training has been hailed a success.

Fifty young people across the county completed the summer transition project organised by East Sussex County Council (ESCC).

The project, which included team-building exercises, arts and outdoor activities, was aimed at supporting young people to help them gain skills and confidence necessary to improve their future career prospects.

Of those who completed the project, the council said more than 90 per cent are now enrolled in further education, employment or training, including 16-year-old Lauren Beck, from Hastings, who is now studying health and social care at college.

She said: “It was hard at first but being on the course boosted my confidence and helped me to communicate with other people better.”

Cllr Nick Bennett, the county council’s lead member for learning and school effectiveness, said: “In an increasingly competitive work climate, the value of young people furthering their career prospects through education or work-based training can’t be overstated.”