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Youth Contract able to help more NEET young people

23 January 2013

An estimated extra 15,500 16- and 17-year-olds are now eligible for tailored help towards work with training, school or college after the Department for Education this week extended the eligibility criteria for the Youth Contract.

The Government's Youth Contract NEET initiative, launched last summer, originally targeted funding to the most disengaged group of teenagers - those with no GCSEs at A*-C - through a payment-by-results system.

The scheme will now be extended to a wider range of NEET young people, including young people who are or were in care, who have one GCSE at A*-C and young offenders released from custody.

Providers, including Prospects which delivers the Youth Contract in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber, will work with local authorities and other organisations to identify young people newly eligible for the Youth Contract. The young people will be able to start their tailored package of support from February.

Sue Mattock, Prospects Operations Director, said, "We welcome the news of the extension to the Youth Contract, which will enable us to support more young people to return to education, find a job or begin a training course."

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