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Youth Contract

In response to the challenge of youth unemployment the Government announced a Youth Contract to help young unemployed people in November 2011. The Youth Contract, which launched in April 2012, provides new opportunities for 18-24 year olds, including work experience and sector-based work academy placements and support from a coach in local Jobcentres.

It also marks a substantial increase in the support and help available to young people through the Work Programme, Jobcentre Plus and sector-based work academies.

This page includes information for young people and for employers.

For Young People

The Youth Contract offers a wide range of support for young people who’ve been out of work for 6 months. It can offer:

Find out more

Watch the following Youth Contract videos on YouTube:

We’ve published a full list of Youth Contract initiatives and you can also read some other real life case studies about how the Work Programme, work experience and wage incentives are helping young people into work.

If you want to know more about your options then take a look around this site. If you’d like to follow up then talk to your coach or adviser at your local Jobcentre.

If you have a business idea then you might also be interested in New Enterprise Allowance. This offers a weekly allowance, access to start up financing and support from a local business mentor. It’s available to people who have been out of work for 6 months or more.

For Employers

Working with Jobcentre Plus to support young people could benefit your business in many ways – getting access to a wider pool of talent, helping bring new ideas to your business and even receiving financial incentives. You can get involved by taking on young people, offering a work experience placement, supporting young people through a work academy or offering an apprenticeship.

Find out more

Watch the following Youth Contract videos on YouTube:

You can find out more about the range of initiatives and read our employer factsheets to see how you can get involved.

We’ve also published real life stories about how the Youth Contract has helped people into work.

Information about the recruitment support available from Jobcentre Plus is available from gov.uk.If you want to talk to someone about the Youth Contract, or other ways in which Jobcentre Plus can work with you, then call:

You may also be interested in supporting a young entrepreneur by being a business mentor. Find out more about New Enterprise Allowance

Your feedback

Please let us know how helpful you have found this site in finding the information you need. Send your feedback to: wpd.workprogrammeenquiries@dwp.gsi.gov.uk