Young Mums Will Achieve (YMWA) was set up in partnership between Cornwall Council, Cornwall College and Fit ‘N’ Fun Crèche providers in November 2009.
Back then Cornwall was ranked 138th out of 151 local authorities for young parents engaging in education employment and training but quickly began out performing other local authorities.
New figures released by the Department for Education show Cornwall is the second highest performing local authority in the country for young parents engaging in education employment and training.
This is the second year in a row that Cornwall has been recognised nationally for its work with young parents (National Take up of Care to Learn Funding 2012-13).
YMWA has also continued to grow and now has nine groups. The groups provide education and support to young women and their families and are a vital stepping stone back into further learning and employment.
Learners benefit from gaining qualifications and have also demonstrated marked improvements in transferable skills such as self-esteem, confidence, team-working and job-search capabilities. The high percentage of achievement and retention on the programme by the young parents has shown that this project is highly successful.
Key to the project’s success, and supporting young parents’ participation, is excellent partnership working in Cornwall, providing support to young parents and their families throughout their journey. Transport is arranged to and from the venues; child care is provided and is on site; learning is delivered in community venues;; learning programmes are informed through enhanced information, advice and guidance, tailored to the individual and agreed by the learner; the programme is ‘roll-on, roll-off’ with flexible start and end dates; learners receive mentoring from personal advisors as well as support from dedicated Tutors and Learner Support Practitioners.
A young mum attending YMWA said:
“Young Mums Will Achieve has meant everything to me; not just for the future of my daughter but for me as well. The programme is brilliant and gives young mums something to look forward to, actually helping them to achieve. It’s a different path that has given me the opportunity to do something that I actually want to do.”