Between 2017 and 2021, ADTRAC has worked with 1,194 young people from across the North Wales region. During that time 318 young people gained qualifications, 158 entered either education or training and 239 entered employment. Over 300 young people improved their mental wellbeing and 478 improved their employability.
The project which was partially funded by European Social Fund (ESF), through Welsh Government, was led by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, working in partnership with all six North Wales Local Authorities and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
ADTRAC support included a bespoke mentoring service to develop a personalised action plan, support to develop confidence and overcome barriers which prevented progression, and welfare and wellbeing support.
The project also provided access to qualifications and training, and ideas and suggestions on how to embed the Five Ways to Wellbeing into the young people’s daily routines to build emotional resilience.
One young person who was supported through Coleg Llandrillo, explained,
‘‘Through the support of ADTRAC and the tutor on the ‘Get Skilled Up’ course I have managed to make a decision as to how I would like to see myself in the future and in what direction I would like to go. Thank you for all the support.’’
Another young person supported by ADTRAC, said,
“My experience with ADTRAC has been wonderful, from the process of reviewing and editing my CV, to looking for potential employers and helping me prepare for interviews”
Sara Williams, ADTRAC Regional Manager GLLM, said
“ADTRAC put supporting the wellbeing of the young people it worked with at the heart of the delivery model, promoting the five ways to wellbeing, so the young people could be more resilient and achieve sustainable outcomes.”
“Thanks to all of the local authorities for their support, and to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board who were key in delivering mental health support to the young people. Our regional partners demonstrated real passion in their delivery and I’ve no doubt that the positive impact of their work will continue to have far reaching benefits”
Economy Minister Vaughan Gething said:
“I would like to congratulate ADTRAC on its successful programme supporting young people to unlock their potential and improve their career prospects.
“As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic it is more important than ever that we support young people, especially those who face barriers to skills and experiences needed to succeed in the world of work.
“It's their talents, skills and creativity that are essential to ensure our country’s future success.
“That’s why we have committed to delivering our Young Person’s Guarantee, which will provide everyone under 25 across Wales with an offer of support into work, education, training or self-employment. Lessons learnt from ADTRAC’s achievements will help us reach those furthest away from the labour market.”
The ADTRAC Project has now closed and further information about it’s achievements and feedback from the young people and staff involved can be found at gllm.ac.uk/adtrac