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Youth Contract – part of Positive Directions. Skills Training UK November 7 th 2012 Graham Clarke (e-mail) [email protected] Syed Jafery (e-mail) [email protected] What is the Youth Contract? Key Elements 1 - 5. 1. Wage Incentives

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Youth Contract – part of Positive Directions

Skills Training UK

November 7th 2012

Graham Clarke (e-mail)

[email protected]

Syed Jafery (e-mail)

[email protected]

What is the Youth Contract?Key Elements 1 - 5

1. Wage Incentives

160,000 incentives of £2,275

To employ a person age 18-24 from the Work

Programme or Jobcentre Plus

2. Work Experience

250,000 places available to every 18-24 year old who wants

one before they enter the Work Programme - Last between 2

and 8 weeks

What is the Youth Contract?

3. Sector Based Academies

JCP helps a business to fill a vacancy via Pre-employment

training (fully funded if delivered by college or training

provider), and Work Experience

4. Apprenticeship Wage Incentives

40,000 Apprenticeship Grants for Employers worth £1,500

each. Available to SMEs (up to 1,000 employees) to take on

their first apprentice. For 16-24 year olds

5. Additional support from JCP

Time to talk to an adviser and the opportunity for a National

Careers Service interview

What is the Youth Contract?Key Element 6

3 year contract support for disengaged 16-17 year olds with low qualifications

Programme aim is to support them into sustainable

education, training or employment with training

Provides a high degree of flexibility to providers through a

‘black box’ approach

It is a payment by results contract

Key Element 6: High Level Overview - 3 main stages

Stage 1 – Eligibility for Positive Directions

Aged 16 or 17 (some 15 year olds may be engaged)

No GCSE’s Grades A – C

At least 1 day NEET

Resident in the Local Authority

UK Resident

Stage 1 – Identifying and Engaging

  • Outreach activities – offer IAG, workshops and support at e.g. community centres, shopping centres, GP’s

  • Referrals – through established local links with e.g. YOT’s, voluntary sector organisations, Careers Services

  • Events – Attend and run opportunities that attract young people e.g. a themed events on sport, food, music

  • Marketing – Eye catching and relevant literature. Create a Facebook and twitter page

  • Refer a Friend – rewards for current cohorts who refer someone who starts and re-engages

Stage 1 - Motivating

  • Induction – individual or small group, meet the mentor

  • Individualised Action Planning and Assessment

  • Identify barriers, goals during stage 1, aspirations

  • Discussion regarding appropriate planned re-engagement activity areas

  • Agree starting point in stage 2

The Bank of Opportunities

  • Skills Training UK and partners will work together to produce a Bank of Opportunities, a constantly growing directory of re-engagement routes including colleges, training providers employers with training and apprenticeships

  • This will be broken down into localised sections and available on our MI system Solution9

Stage 2 – Support into Re-engagement

Young People may start Stage 2 from any of the above starting points. They must commence their re-engagement before the end of 6 months on the programme

Stage 2 – Support into Re-engagement

Starting Point A – Supportive – for those furthest from re-engagement

Individual support in areas such as confidence building, finance, housing, social, transport and IAG

Stage 2 – Support into Re-engagement

Starting Point B - Development

Address relevant skills issues

Use of the Bank of Opportunities to provide this support where appropriate

Further discussion regarding appropriate re-engagement activity

Appropriate Work experience or tasters

Stage 2 – Support into Re-engagement

Starting Point C - Re-engagement - for those nearest to re-engagement

Use the Bank of Opportunities to identify and book onto a suitable course or opportunity for employment with training

Preparation for interview if required

Preparation for re-engagement session

Day 1 support

Stage 3 – Eligible Engagement Activities

Full Time Training or Education

20 hours per week employment (min) plus 1 day a week accredited training

20 hours per week voluntary work (min) plus 1 day a week accredited training

20 hours per week self employment (min) plus 1 day a week accredited training

Access to Apprenticeship followed by Apprenticeship

7 hours a week directed learning

More than one activity is permissible

Stage 3 – Sustaining in EET

Week 1 communication with young person / college / employer

Month 1 communication

Agree frequency of subsequent support

Easy access to the Positive Directions Mentor

Reviews with young person / college / employer

Access to additional interventions to maintain confidence and motivation

Need to achieve at least 5/6 months engaged

Graduation Ceremonies

STUK and partners have been selected to:

Maximise use of local knowledge and experience of dealing with the NEET group to find and support the right people

Deliver own provision where appropriate and if identified as the right route for the individual

Work closely with the LAs, other agencies and STUK to make Positive Directions work effectively

Be innovative and analyse results to continuously improve

How will Positive Directions Work?

Reducing NEETs in each Local Authority area by:

Understanding existing provision

Working with the LA alongside it to compliment and align with it

Providing an individualised high quality mentoring service

Maximising the choice available to the NEET individuals it serves

through a Bank of Opportunities

Proper preparation for young people to engage as when they are


Maximising the range of communication options to minimise drop

out from engagement

Track EETs for one year – use of Solution9

Engage with some of the unknowns and communicate details back to

the LAs

Participate in graduations with successful young people

How will Positive Directions Work?

In Kent

STUK are working closely with CXK who have an existing

contract with the Local Authority

We have a data sharing agreement and referral protocol

with them

Partners are building good relations with their advisors –

referrals from CXK to STUK will be passed onto the most

appropriate partners

We will update CXK on a monthly basis re all participants

on Positive Directions – ie progress made, those that have

re-engaged, completers

Volumes in Kent

In Kent

We had 9 starts onto the Youth Contract in September

We should have 25 starts in October

We have agreed with the EFA to support 2402 young

people over 3 years (there is some flexibility around



  • Our supply chain will record all activity on our bespoke system Solution9 (which is being tailored for this contract)

  • We will analyse all starts and the progress they make during and beyond the programme’s duration

  • We will improve the programme based on observations, findings and shared best practice – led by our Head of Continuous Improvement

How is your school positioned for the changing environment?


The key concerns of schools with the new responsibilities

What should be the role of the CEIAG Network?

Record key points for;



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