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New scheme to engage NEETs announced

February 22, 2012

£126million was made available yesterday for a new scheme aimed to get 16 and 17 year old NEETs back into learning or earning.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg unveiled the Youth Contract in December, and as part of that, the Coalition Government will now be targeting funding to this group of teenagers through tailored support on a payment-by-results system.

The press release tells us that help will focus on at least 55,000 young people with no GCSEs at A* – C at the highest risk of long term disengagement. Charities and businesses with expertise in supporting young people (but not colleges?) are being invited to bid for contracts worth up to £2,200 for every young person they help. Support will be tailored to suit individuals’ needs, and will include basic skills training and interview practice.

Payment will depend on results. Organisations will receive an initial payment for taking young people on, followed by subsequent payments when they show progress – including sticking with training programmes, undertaking apprenticeships, or holding down jobs. The scheme will give total freedom to those providing support – on the proviso that the end result is success for the young person.

More information is at http://www.dpm.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/radical-new-approach-defuse-ticking-time-bomb-neets, and read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-17104998 where you can also catch up with the latest on the “workfare” debate.

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