Vocational Education

Twenty Twenty

Across Derby City, Leicester City and Leicestershire, there are currently around 2500 NEET (not in education, employment or training) 16-24 year olds, 55% of whom have been so for over six months. These numbers represent a significant section of society where the amount of young people left stranded without the qualifications for college, the skills and experience employers require, TwentyTwenty is dedicated to ensuring young people, aged 16-24, who find themselves disadvantaged and disengaged, achieve sustained further education or employment. Last year they supported 484 young people. 99% of these young people stayed on the programmes to the end. Of which 80% moved successfully onto education or employment immediately after finishing their TwentyTwenty course.

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TwentyTwenty Lifeskills Centre classroom in action!


Zoe an organisation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, works with the numerous young people who have been orphaned as a result of HIV, to help gain a skill and education. In 2017 10 students from Sizeze successfully completed a basic metal fabrication course while 9 students from Mayezane and 10 students from Chitungwiza also completed Welding and Metal fabrication course. 20 students in Mayezane successfully completed Tailoring and Garment making course while 10 students in Glendale completed Carpentry and Joinery training. Students from past courses help mentor as do community members to provide the young people with support and encouragement. In addition centres to train in and store their equipment were built, reaching out to more communities and meaning reducing the time travelled.