New approach to helping 16 and 17 year olds find work

For the first time, Jobcentre Plus, in partnership with local authorities, will implement a new approach that focuses support solely on 16-17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training and not in receipt of an income-based benefit.

The measure, announced by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Employment Minister, Esther McVey, involves 16 and 17-year-olds being given access to Jobcentre work coaches so that they can get individual help to find work and training. The trained work coaches will help young people navigate the wide array of services on offer and tap into local employment and training opportunities.

Hundreds of young people could benefit as the first part of the initiative launches in Lewisham, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Sheffield. Work coaches in Jobcentres will give one-to-one help from CV writing, interview skills, providing access to training or job matching. It is hoped that they will use their local expertise and employer networks to help reduce young people’s chances of becoming long-term unemployed.

The plan will see Jobcentres join forces with local authorities, employers, charities and local community organisations to provide access to all the best opportunities for young people. If successful, this new way of helping young people will be rolled out across England.
Further information is available here.