Youth Contract Scheme

It is 7 months since the launch of the Youth Contract, which means that the first cohort of employers will have earned their full 6-month subsidy of £2,275. The Norfolk Chamber would like to hear from businesses about their experiences of using the Youth Contract and barriers preventing greater participation. To submit your views, please contact caroline.williams@norfmber.co.uk.  We have also produced a brief, employer-friendly communication explaining the Youth Contract and how to find out more information, which can be found below:

Do you want to give a young person a chance to prove themselves in your business and claim a Government subsidy? With youth unemployment still unacceptably high, thousands of talented young people are available to help your company, but can’t get a first step on the ladder.
The Youth Contract provides support to employers to create nearly half a million new jobs or work placements by 2015.

Three opportunities:

  • Wage Incentives: Hire an unemployed young person for at least 6 months through the Youth generation of talent and test a potential new member of your team at a reduced cost.
     
  • Work Experience: Offer voluntary unpaid work experience to an 18-24 year old for 2-8 weeks without the hassle of recruitment. Support a local young person to get a real taste of a private business and learn new skills. You may even decide you want to keep them on.  Contract and receive a £2,275 wage incentive (£1,137.50 for p/t position). Help develop the next
     
  • Hire an Apprentice aged 16-24 and receive £1,500 from Government (if you have fewer than 1000 employees and have not employed an Apprentice in the last 12 months). The Government will also pay 100% of training fees for 16-18 year olds and 50% for 19-24 year olds. Apprentices are an investment in the future skills and growth of your business, and offer a great way to increase staff loyalty.

Further information:

For the wage incentive or to offer work experience:

 Jobcentre Plus on 0845 601 2001 (option 2) or textphone 0845 601 2002 for people with speech or hearing impairments.

For a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant:
 

  • Apprenticeships Norfolk Phoneline: 0344 800 8024 for further advice and how to proceed
     
  • Apprenticeships Norfolk Website: www.norfolk.gov.uk/apprenticeships
     
  • Call the National Apprenticeship Service: 08000 150 600
     
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