The purpose of the Youth Contract programme for 16- and 17-year-olds is to engage young people who are hardest to reach and support them into education, training or a job with training. The programme is being delivered across England.
The programme supports 16- and 17-year-olds who are not participating in education, employment or training (NEET) and who have:
Organisations delivering the programme are given complete freedom to design and tailor a programme of support to eligible young people move into full-time education, an apprenticeship or a job with training.
They receive payment by results, for which they receive a payment of up to a maximum of £2,200 per young person. This is dependent on how successful they are at helping young people to make a sustainable move into a positive outcome.
Local authorities have a statutory duty to support young people to participate and have a key role in helping to deliver this programme, working with providers to target those young people who most need support and ensure that this provision fits closely with the wider local offer.
The Youth Contract programme for 16- and 17-year-olds is intended to be complementary to existing provision and support, and should help local authorities to meet their duties under the Education and Skills Act 2008. You can download the detailed and updated role of local authorities in supporting the Youth Contract.
Organisations delivering the Youth Contact programme for 16- and 17-year-olds will work closely with local authorities in their area to ensure eligible young people are referred to the programme. There should be no impediment to local authorities sharing relevant data with Youth Contract providers as long as a clear agreement is in place.
The list of organisations providing the Youth Contract for 16- and 17-year-olds, their supply chain and the geographical area they cover.
In three areas of the country, Liverpool, Newcastle-Gateshead and Leeds-Bradford-Wakefield a local approach to developing this programme is being tested as part of the government’s city deals. For further information on delivery of the Youth Contract programme in these areas, please contact the respective local authorities.
We have updated data for the delivery of the Youth Contract programme for 16- and 17-year-olds to the end of September 2013. Data published in June 2013 was for delivery of the programme to the end of the 2012 to 2013 financial year.
We will update and publish delivery data for the Youth Contract programme for 16- and 17-year-olds every 6 months.
We have commissioned the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), in partnership with Professor Sue Maguire, Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick, and the Policy Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University, to undertake an independent evaluation of the Youth Contract element targeted at 16- to 17-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.
We will be inviting young people and their families, local authorities and organisations involved in delivering the Youth Contract to participate in the evaluation. Whilst participation is voluntary, we would encourage those invited to help as the evidence produced will be invaluable for future policy development. For further information about the evaluation, please see the project information sheet.
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Youth Contract for 16 and 17 year olds – successful bidders
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The Institute for Employment Studies (IES), in partnership with Professor Sue Maguire, Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick, and the Policy Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University, has been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to undertake the evaluation of the Youth Contract element targeted at 16-17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
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Information about wage incentives and work experience – Department for Work and Pensions website.