The UK Youth Contract is aimed at 16-17 year olds, who are or at risk of becoming NEETs. Three key objectives: Objective 1: the main objective of the programme is to support 16-17 year olds, who are NEET and at risk of long-term disengagement to move into education, training or employment with training and to sustain this outcome. Objective 2: to increase these young people's experience and qualifications so that they have the opportunity to continue in education and successfully find work, reducing the proportion of whom become unemployed in adult life. Objective 3: to test methods of local delivery and payment by results, increasing the effectiveness of these models and developing best practice.
Organisations delivering the programme are given complete freedom to design and tailor a programme of support for eligible young people to move into full-time education, an apprenticeship or a job with training. They receive payment by results.
The organisations may receive a payment of up to a maximum of GBP 2200 per young person. This is dependent on how successful they are at helping young people to make a sustainable move into a positive outcome. These outcomes are: participation in full-time education or training; participation in an apprenticeship or job with at least 280 hours of accredited learning per year; and, participation in part-time education and training, including re-engagement provision of at least 7 hours per week.
Providers will receive an additional payment for sustainability when the young person sustains participation for at least 5 out of 6 months in full-time education or training, leading to an accredited qualification; sustained participation for at least 5 out of 6 months in an apprenticeship; or, participation for at least 5 out of 6 months in full-time employment with part-time training equivalent to at least 280 guided learning hours per year (around one day per week).
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