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A chief exec's tale

Fay Lamb is Chief Executive of the Citadel Arts Centre which is lead partner of the Prostep pilot project.

Project: Prostep

Liverpool City Region

The Prostep project is vitally important to: engage young people based on their specific creative interests and talents; harness creativity and opportunities within the creative industries; get young people off the not in education, employment or training (NEET) register and into employment, education or training within the creative industries.  

The Citadel Arts Centre has been involved in running a programme of arts activity for NEET young people, via Connexions Activity Programme, for the past year. The programme has offered arts and creative industries based opportunities in sound engineering, personal development, community arts and arts administration. The Citadel has seen first hand the difference these opportunities can make for young people whose options are often limited.

The success of the Prostep project relies on harnessing an interest or talent a young person may have in the arts or creative industries, nurturing this interest and talent via an intensive bespoke programme, and signposting employment, education or training opportunities.    

The project has already created a new partnership model of working between organisations within St Helens and across Liverpool.

The project aims to put St Helens on the map by creating a new model of engaging NEET young people with the creative industries that can be rolled out across the borough and region.