A new scheme has been launched this month to help 16- and 17-year-olds get back on track with their future careers.

Young Work Wiltshire will be working with young people who are not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET) and provide them with ideas, support and access to jobs and training.

A spokesman said: “Often young people who are not in any education, employment or training face multiple barriers to their participation and need a different type of support.”

The scheme will look to address this by signposting and advice for young people who are NEET to support them into jobs, further education, apprenticeships or other training.

As well as this the programme with track young people from 16 until their 18th birthdays and will provide one-to-one support to help them find the right opportunities.

Support offered by Young Work Wiltshire includes helping with CV and interview skills, helping young people find suitable education or training, helping them find and apply for apprenticeships and job and application help.

Cllr Pauline Church, cabinet member for children, education and skills said: "Young people are often told there are so many opportunities available to them but sometimes it can be difficult to know which path to choose, which option is best for you.

"This service will help those who really need support to look afresh at the possibilities and move forward with the jobs or training that suits them best."

The service will be available to young people from the age of 16, after they leave school up until the September after their 18th birthday.

For some young people support is provided by other local authority teams, specifically the SEND and those working with the Youth Offending Team.

People who know of a young person who needs support, can contact workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk, call 01225 716890 or visit workwiltshire.co.uk/young