Welsh Government’s ‘Summer Sorted’ programme helping young people reach their potential
The Welsh Government’s ‘Summer Sorted’ programme has this year helped hundreds of young people across Wales reach their potential and improve their employability and essential skills, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has said.
The programme, which takes place over the school summer holiday period each year, is aimed at young people who have recently completed Year 11 but need some further support to help transition onto further education training or employment.
Due to social distancing restrictions in place this summer due to coronavirus, learners were provided with the opportunity to take part in a programme of online/remote learning activities led by training providers.
This provided an opportunity for many to bolster their digital technology and online communication capabilities, alongside a focus on improving their key skills and providing information and support on health and wellbeing.
This was done through a combination of online group activities and one to one support this year, with close to 550 learners taking part in total. Many successfully secured college or training places in September after significantly improving their outcomes thanks to the programme.
Where learners where not able to access learning online, materials were sent in the post and additional support was provided over the telephone.
Participants in this year’s programme have praised the flexibility of learning options available to them.
One recently said:
It was an amazing experience. I loved doing it, I've learned so many new skills and how I can work on different things I'm not good at. I'd like to say thank you for giving me this experience I really appreciate it.
While another added:
My mentor has been ever so supportive and patient. I believe it will be really helpful when I start college in September.
Rob Peebles, an essential skills tutor for ACT Training – one of the providers of the Summer Sorted initiative – recently said of this year’s programme:
The digital tools and resources we have been using make remote learning so much more effective and enjoyable for learners. Remote learning is new to us all but I think we are adapting brilliantly and have had some great feedback from learners.
Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates recently said:
The Welsh Government is determined to support people throughout Wales and help them reach their potential.
This year has been one of the most difficult we have ever known as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, putting unprecedented pressure on our economy. But it has also highlighted the importance of having a workforce equipped to tackle challenges and which is ready for the opportunities of tomorrow.
Programmes like Summer Sorted are crucial in helping us future-proof the Welsh economy to create an even more resilient and talented workforce.
Latest News from
£3.5m Circular Economy fund for public bodies to support a green recovery opens27/11/2020 16:05:00
A new £3.5m round of the Circular Economy Fund for public bodies for post-Covid response and a green recovery in Wales opens for applications today.
Welsh Government works with BAME community partners to address racial inequality in Wales27/11/2020 15:05:00
The Welsh Government has awarded 25 grants totalling £115,580 to community groups across Wales to help put Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) voices at the heart of the development of Wales’ Race Equality Action Plan.
£35 million investment in Welsh homes for the future27/11/2020 14:05:00
Low carbon housing, retrofitting to improve energy efficiency and training opportunities for prisoners will feature in projects receiving funding to create affordable homes for the future.
Extra £2.6m for local authorities to support Council Tax Reduction Scheme27/11/2020 13:05:00
Local councils across Wales are set to receive an additional £2.6m to help them meet the increasing demand for the Welsh Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Record year for Wales’ recycling as 64% target exceeded27/11/2020 11:05:00
The recycling rate for Wales has reached a record high, with the country as a whole exceeding the latest recycling target and achieving 65.14% for 2019/20, according to statistics published yesterday.
Over 200 Welsh statues, streets and buildings connected to the slave trade listed in nationwide audit27/11/2020 09:05:00
In July, following the death of George Floyd and a month of action by the Black Lives Matter movement, First Minister Mark Drakeford ordered an urgent audit of statues, street and building names to address Wales’ connections with slavery and the slave trade.
IT products and services (ii): IT hardware26/11/2020 16:05:00
Our IT Hardware sub-lot for large customer organisations, has recently been awarded on the newest version of our popular IT Products and Services (ITPS2) framework.
South East Wales Transport Commission recommends major improvements for transport in the region26/11/2020 15:28:00
The South East Wales Transport Commission has today published its final recommendations.
Have your say about local walking and cycling routes26/11/2020 14:05:00
Welsh Government is pushing forward in its ambition to make active travel a realistic alternative by making it easier for people to tell their local councils where existing routes need to be improved and new routes built.
“The Chancellor has made the wrong choices and broken promises”– Finance Minister responds to UK Government Spending Review26/11/2020 12:52:00
Finance Minister Rebecca Evans yesterday responded to the UK Government Spending Review saying that she is deeply concerned and disappointed that promises have been broken and the wrong choices made.