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Exodus 500 Project

The Bytes Project has been awarded a grant of £464,827 from the Big Lottery Fund for our three year Exodus 500 project.

The Exodus 500 project will support 500 young people aged 16-25 who are facing employment barriers in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Limavady, Magherafelt and Lisburn. Bytes will improve the employability skills and confidence of young people including those who are homeless.

The project is using digital technology to create flexible learning experiences and involves mentoring, team building and employability skills, health and well being courses, and work, college and business experience. The project will support young people to gain qualifications, connect with their community and improve their self-esteem.

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In the first year of the Exodus 500 Project in 2016/2107 we have set these ambitious targets:

  • 170 socially excluded young people participate in a structured 22 week employability programme of  Stages:

Stage 1: Base Model

Stage 2: Mentoring

Stage 3: Pathway Area

  • 170 young people complete Stage 1
  • 150 young people complete Stage 2
  • 120 young people complete Stage 3
  • 170 young people complete personal pathway plans.
  • 170 young people undertake employer work visits
  • 170 young people demonstrate increased social interaction, social contribution, community engagement and aspiration.
  • 50 young people progress into training.
  • 30 young people find employment/self-employment
Lottery Funded

Special thanks to our funders

Education Authority
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A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
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