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How the project began

The BTFT project is a £14m initiative part financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf targeting young people aged 11-19 who are vulnerable and underachieving. Since its inception in 2009, the project has aimed to boost young people’s confidence and support pathways for further learning and employment. During the three year period, the BTFT project will work with a wide range of partner agencies including Schools, Coleg Morgannwg, Services for Young People and Children’s Services in order to deploy a range
of resources across the Borough to raise young people’s aspirations, achievement and attainment.

Referral Process

Young people can be referred or self referred onto the BTFT project interventions; however each has its own specific referral process in place. By working together the project specific interventions ensure young people can access a full range of provision easily and effectively. For further information please contact the individual interventions on the contact numbers noted below.

Project Interventions

BTFT delivers a range of universal and targeted support to young people across the Borough…  Check out what we have to offer!

Coleg Morgannwg

The Scheme offers intensive one to one support for young people who find it difficult to learn through traditional academic learning and numeracy skills, activities to promote improved employability skills and vocational programmes in key sectors.Jonathan Smart – 01443 663171

Youth Coach

The Youth Coach works with young people in schools with a focus on Learning Pathways. They address individual needs and provide the structure for support, guidance, coaching and mentoring by setting and working towards individual targets.
Delyth Balman – 01443 744117

Key Worker

The Key Worker provides school based support to young people through a holistic young person centred approach, supporting their learning, achievement and attainment in a variety of ways tailored to individual needs. Key Workers also provide access to other interventions for young people who would benefit from support.
Leanna Thomas – 01443 744253
Allyson Davies – 01443 744121


Keystart targets year 10/11 pupils who are underachieving in mainstream education. Valuable work experience and vocational training can be acquired through this scheme, as well as the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications.
Claire Powell – 01443 742095

School of Hard Knocks

The ‘School of Hard Knocks’ is a programme that uses the game of Rugby Union to teach participants aged between 16-19 important values and lessons that will enable them to take positive and definite steps towards employment. The primary aim of the School of Hard Knocks is to help unemployed young people take significant steps towards employment that is both sustainable and realistic.
Leanna Thomas 01443 744253

SFYP Detached Youth Work Team

This team engages the most hard to reach and disengaged young people taking services to the most vulnerable and supporting them to gain skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge through one to one programmes, group work, street based sessions and a range of accredited courses and programmes.
Allyson Davies – 01443

Work and Skills Programme

These programmes consist of a variety of interventions such as the Work and Skills Programme and has close links with the Positive Futures intervention, which offer qualifications in a variety of fields to develop skills, broaden horizons, increase confidence and improve attendance. Paul Rowlands – 01443 480843

SFYP e3+

The e3+ (Extend, Enrich, Excite) out of school hours learning programmes allow young people to take part in a vast range of activities designed to broaden horizons, develop new skills and gain qualifications to help them succeed in the future. These programmes are delivered locally in the community to ensure active participation and progression.
Derek James – 01443 744104
Claire Hutcheon – 01443

Young Carers

The intervention responds to individual needs of young carers by addressing their barriers to learning through supporting them to access educational and social opportunities.
Rachel Spry – 01443

SFYP Holiday Programme

The Holiday Programme provides disadvantaged and vulnerable young people with the opportunity to take part in a robust range of activities during the school holidays; activities are needs led and support achievement and attainment.
Denise Humphries – 01443

Positive Futures Programme

The Positive Futures Programme provides young people in care and those at risk of coming into care with the skills needed for learning and future employment through the medium of outdoor activities. Participation is rewarded with a range of qualifications such as Agored Cymru Units ; Asdans; and National Governing Body Awards. In addition the project also provides young people at risk of disengaging from mainstream education with the skills needed for learning and future employment through the medium of outdoor activities.
Matthew Free – 01443 420940


Care2Work helps young people in care and care leavers to engage in suitable training and placement opportunities, providing them with the experience & skills needed in today’s job market.
Darren Notley – 01443 424092

Essential Skills

Essential Skills is a school based intervention offering one-to-one and group support for young people with additional numeracy and literacy needs.
Nicola Cornwall – 01443


CATALYST is an inspirational programme that aims to motivate and engage young people in planning for their future careers through a programme  of work placements, career conventions and employer awareness events.
Sian Woolson – 01443 424044
Idris Evans – 01443 424033

Cultural Services

Cultural Services offer unique opportunities for talented young people to develop skills within the creative and cultural industries. Initiatives include the Live Photography Project which allows young people to work with professionals within the live music & photography industries, and the Make It Media Project which offers a ‘hands-on’ experience for participants to acquire a firm grounding in the fundamentals of the making of a music video.
Caroline O’Neill – 01443 490258 caroline.a.o’

SFYP Pathways to Progression Programmes

Step Up

Providing vocational qualifications as an alternative to the GCSE curriculum and preparing learners for training, independent living and employment.
Dawn Rees – 01443 744218

All Skilled Up

All Skilled Up, developed by Cardiff City Football Club Community Foundation, aims to provide basic skills and qualifications for young people via a sports engagement programme.
Dawn Rees – 01443 744218

Generic Employability

This programme offers those who are at risk of disengagement from formal education to gain a series of transferable recognised work-based qualifications that can enable them to secure employment.
Allyson Davies – 01443 744121

Special Schools Project

The scheme aims to create term time provision for pupils in the four special schools within RCT by introducing diverse, exciting and inclusive workshops and activities. The Creative Arts will be paramount in raising confidence and self-esteem and in promoting relationships between pupils from each of the special schools.
Lowri –Mair Owen – 01443 490205

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

BTFT aims to enhance the range of opportunities for young people, in particular females, to engage in STEM based activities and inspire learners to consider a STEM career pathway for future training and employment. By introducing STEM provision wherever we can alongside tailored programmes, we aim to break down barriers to bright new futures for our project participants.
Elin Williams – 01443 744156

Environmental Sustainability

In order to meet the diverse range of needs of the young people of RCT, an equally diverse number of projects have been developed by BTFT interventions which increase environmental awareness whilst inspiring and motivating young people to progress and achieve their full potential.
Elin Williams – 01443 744156

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