Passport To Success life skills course is proving a big hit
A COURSE teaching young people to get out of bed on time and apply for benefits has seen numbers more than double from the previous year.
More than 80 young people enrolled on the Passport To Success course in the 2011/12 term, which teaches 16 to 19-year-olds basic skills, such as budgeting, applying for benefits and being a good employee.
This is more than double the number who completed the course the previous year, which is run by North East Lincolnshire Council's Community Learning Services.
From the 80 who enrolled, 54 completed every module.
They were invited to Freeman Street Resource Centre to be congratulated by the Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Peggy Elliott.
She said: "These people may not have really achieved in school but schemes such as these encourage them to be the best they can be."
Danielle Turner, 17, of Edge Avenue, said: "I did some work experience in a creche and now I feel much more confident."
Gary Denford, young people's learning curriculum co-ordinator for NELC, said: "What we do is teach them really basic skills such as how to be a good employee, turning up on time and managing a household budget.
"These are really simple things to most people but you have to understand that not everyone has had a positive role model in their life to teach them these things.
"A lot of the students we deal with may have had parents that were long-term unemployed or have had personal setbacks themselves, with criminal behaviour, drug or alcohol abuse, pregnancy or homelessness.
"We try to help them overcome these things and move forward with their lives, into employment or further education."