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Youth Contract Announcement

Nick Clegg has fired the starting gun on the Youth Contract today at Groundwork South East London.  

The Youth Contract aims to work with 55,000 16- and 17-year-olds who are out of work and not in education, employment or training, with no GCSEs at A* - C and at the highest risk of long term disengagement.  Providers will work with local authorities to target young people who will benefit from the programme and complement other provision currently on offer.  As many of the pilots around raising the age of participation (RPA) are coming to an end in March this could offer a real opportunity to build on proven methods of engagement.  Local Authorities will be well along their RPA journey so potential bidders will ignore LAs at their peril!

The contracts are worth up to £2,200 for each young person with an initial payment for start and agreement of an action plan, a payment when the youn gperson enters one of the designated re-engagement activities and a final payment once they've sustained engagement for six months.  The contract repeats the black box approach that the government has taken with the Work Programme which offers a real chance for innovation.

The contracts will be awarded by the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA).  Click here for full details and for the Pre Qualification Questionnaire.  The PQQ deadline is 5 March 2012.  Shortlisted organisations will be invited to tender and will have a month to put together their full bid.  Contracts will be awarded in June.  


21 February 2012

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