Youth Contract - what does this mean for employers?

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08 / 7 / 2014 Midnight

To help tackle youth unemployment, a three year Youth Contract was introduced by the Government in April 2012 to help young people prepare for and secure employment. Over the three years, the Youth Contract aims to provide nearly half a million new opportunities for young people, including apprenticeships and voluntary work experience placements. 

Other key elements of the Youth Contract include: 

  • An extra 250,000 work experience (available across Great Britain) or sector-based work academy places (available in England and Scotland)
  • A further 20,000 apprenticeship grants for employers, to encourage small and medium employers to recruit their first 16 to 24 year old apprentice, taking the total number to 40,000
  • Additional support through Jobcentre Plus by way of more adviser time and weekly contact
  • An opportunity to have a careers interview with the National Careers Service (in England)
  • An additional £120m to help the most vulnerable 16/17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) in England back in to education, training or a job with training.

Find out more

Further information about the Youth Contract and how employers can get involved can be found on the Department for Work and Pensions website.

To learn more about the benefits of employing young people within your organisation, visit our widening participation - youth employment webpages where you will find a wealth of information from top tips on making your recruitment practices more youth-friendly to links to resources to help you deliver work experience within your organisation.

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