The county-wide Empowering Enterprise will help more than 600 marginalised young people gain employability skills and confidence.

Petroc has secured £2.4million in funding to help marginalised young people across Devon.

The college has led a partnership of 41 organisations to secure the grant for the Building Better Opportunities project across Devon.

Building Better Opportunities is a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Petroc's partnership will be using the funding to deliver a unique project for 18- to 24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.

The programme is called Empowering Enterprise and will seek to help more than 600 of Devon's most socially-excluded young people develop employability and life skills.

Diane Dimond, principal at Petroc, said: "We and our partners are proud to be working with the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

"Securing this grant confirms that our partnership has the potential to deliver real change for hundreds of marginalised young people across Devon.

"Through Empowering Enterprise, we look forward to helping participants build a more positive future for themselves."

As well as a one-to-one mentor, each participant in Empowering Enterprise will also have the opportunity to take part in group activities.

It is hoped this will encourage them to connect and engage in a project that is of benefit to their local community.

The partnership will begin to deliver the programme in summer 2017 and Empowering Enterprise will continue until December 2019.

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