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Petroc partnership

Development of curriculum for learners who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)


The Petroc partnership included six Colleges and a work based learning provider. They designed and tested approaches to make the curriculum offer to 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) more stimulating and motivational.


You can find out more about the Petroc partnerships’ experiences by reading their project report and associated resources. (Compressed archive, 995KB)

Resources produced

1. Understanding, motivating, rewarding and engaging young people, Dr Catherine Loveday (University of Westminster), Power Point presentation.

2. Petroc Soft Outcomes review.

3. Engagement Radar action plan.

4. Learner Case Studies from the Petroc partnership.

How you can use these resources

The Understanding, motivating, rewarding and engaging young people resource will be useful to providers wanting to understand the psychological factors affecting NEET learners, and how these can inform curriculum design and delivery.

Several soft skills questionnaires were developed to help measure outcomes and barriers to learning faced by individuals. The Petroc Soft Outcomes review is such an example and will be useful for staff working with NEET learners to inform individual learning plans and measure distance travelled. Equally, the Engagement Radar resource will be useful for learner facing staff working on engaging young people in education, employment or training. It contains 14 key indicators based on a self-assessment of barriers that prevent NEETs from staying in learning. Like the previous resource, this is an adaptable resource that can help inform a learner’s individual learning plan.

The Learner Case Studies resource demonstrates how partners have used the resources, tools and approaches to overcome barriers and engage young people in learning, education and training.

Sector coverage

This project and resources are useful for managers and practitioners from Colleges and training providers, working with the NEET cohort group on pre employability programmes. They are of particular interest to providers wanting to capture or measure learner outcomes.

Date published

February 2013

Project partners

Petroc, Acacia Training and Development, Yeovil College, Swindon College, Weston College, South Devon College and Truro and Penwith College.

Contact information:

Rob Schubert,  Program Manager – Employability and Moving Forward: Petroc, Barnstaple