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Your questions answered

At YES we know that starting a new course, meeting new people or even simply asking for help can be daunting. So, to help you feel at ease, we’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about YESNE.

If you have a question about the programme, and can’t find the answer below, please click the button below to contact the YESNE team.

How do I access support? – If you'd like to register your interest, please email us and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Do I have to pay for YESNE’s support? – No! The services provided by YESNE are free of charge, providing you meet the eligibility criteria.

Can you help me with working out any benefits? – We recommend this handy benefits calculator created by Turn2Us.
Do I pay my own travel and lunch costs? – YESNE will pay for travel costs to the workshops and placements and up to £3 per day for lunch.

Is YESNE like school? – No! The programme is designed to be interactive with as little written work as possible. We also guarantee that you will be treated as an adult on the grounds of mutual respect. 

What happens after I finish the workshops? - The YESNE team will work with you for two months after the workshops have finished to support you in finding your next job.

What do you mean by ‘neurodivergent’? – Neurodivergent is a term that simply means that the brain functions, learns and processes information differently than others. Some examples of neurodiverse conditions include: autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and dyscalculia.

Do I need a formal diagnosis? No, while YESNE is designed to support neurodivergent young people, you do not need a formal diagnosis to take part.

What does NEET mean? NEET is an acronym that means ‘Not in Education, Employment, or Training’.

Am I guaranteed employment at the end of the programme? While the YESNE team will work with you to try to find suitable employment, unfortunately we can’t guarantee this.

Do I get a qualification for completing the course? – You will get a certificate of completion and a record of achievement which you can use to demonstrate all of the experience and skills you will have gained on YESNE.
What will a placement involve? – The placements cover a range of different sectors and job roles. They will give you a taste of what it is like to work in that job and you will be given some tasks to complete independently. Throughout the placement you will be supported by the employer and the YESNE team.

When do placements start and how long will it last? - The first placements will start from week 4 on the course but not everyone will start then. They will last between 2 and 5 days.

What support will I get on placement? - YESNEwill work with the employers to let them know the best way to support you and we will be available for you to contact while on placement.
What will the project involve? – Working as a group, the aim is to create an exhibition on the theme of ‘the history of employment in the North East’. A venue will be arranged for the exhibition to take place and we’ll host a celebration of achievement event.

What businesses do you work with? – We work with a wide range of local businesses – and new organisations are signing up all the time. Some of the well-known businesses we currently work with include: Stagecoach, Clearly Drinks, Gentoo, Sage Software and Brewlab.

How do I get involved as an employer? – Please contact Employer Engagement Officer Jacqueline Pigford by calling 07834168413 or emailing.