Inspire to Achieve


Wales will benefit from around £1.8bn European Union funding investment between 2014–2020.

In Newport, funding has been gained from the European Social Fund for the Inspire to Work and Inspire to Achieve projects.

Inspire to Achieve

This three year project started in April 2016 with the aim of reducing the risk of young people aged between 11 and 24 years old not progressing into employment, education or training (NEET) in south east Wales.  

Inspire to Achieve aims to engage with nearly 4,000 participants across four local authorities, working with Careers Wales and two further education colleges to reduce and prevent early school and college leaving and providing other ways into education and training.

The team can help young people through any difficulty which may put them at risk of dropping out of school or college or being withdrawn from a course, including:

  • Choosing or changing courses
  • Further learning
  • Transitional difficulties
  • Careers advice
  • CV writing and job application
  • Study skills
  • Academic support
  • Revision techniques
  • Dealing with stress and anxiety
  • Financial advice
  • Personal issues
  • Attendance issues

Newport City Council is leading and managing the project on behalf of the other local organisations:


Inspire to Achieve aims to:  

  • ensure that young people most at risk are identified and supported so that they remain in education, employment or training and their risk is reduced. This will reduce the likelihood of future or continuing poverty amongst young people
  • achieve improved health and well-being for young people
  • instil a work ethic and higher aspirations for young people

Performance 2016-2017

The Welsh European Funding Office measures performance against these outcomes:

1) participants gaining a full accredited qualification

2) participants entering further education or training

3) participants at reduced risk of becoming NEET 

In the first year of operation, Inspire to Achieve has delivered the following results across the south east Wales region.  

Inspire to Achieve south east Wales region, 2017/2018
  Target Actual
Participants at risk of becoming NEET 1219 1036
Male 719 566
Female 500 470


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