In response to the challenge of youth unemployment the Government announced a £1billion Youth Contract to help young unemployed people get a job. The Youth Contract, which launched in April 2012, will provide nearly half-a-million new opportunities for 18-24 year olds, including apprenticeships and voluntary work experience placements.
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.
Supporting the Youth Contract could benefit your business in many ways including financially. A wage incentive may be available if you take on a young person through Jobcentre Plus or the Work Programme.
Youth contract key initiatives:
- wage incentives
- work experience
- sector-based work academies
- Apprenticeship Wage Incentives (in England)
- Additional support for disengaged 16 to 17 year olds
- Frequently asked questions
- Employer factsheets
Youth Contract – follow us
This page will keep you updated with all the information you need about the Youth Contract.
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Youth Contract – contact us
If you want to talk to someone about Youth Contract call:
- 0845 601 2001 (option 2)
- textphone 0845 601 2002 for people with speech or hearing impairments.
We are also providing a text response service for our Youth Contract campaign available until 16 February 2013.
Text Youth to 67777 and one of our advisers will call you back within 48 hours to discuss your needs.
Business backs Youth Contract
On 5 January 2012 Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling met businesses who have already pledged their support for the Youth contract to listen to their views.
- Business backs Youth Contract – key themes for employers
- Press release – Business leaders back youth contract (Deputy Prime Minister website)
- Letter to companies from Nick Clegg and Chris Grayling – Youth Contract (13/02/12) (76KB)
- Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise event – 8 February 2012 (90KB)
Real life stories
Real examples of how the Work Programme, work experience and wage incentives are helping young people into work.
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