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Hampshire County Council’s Youth Contract

The Government has announced £1 billion of funding to deliver a new Youth Contract over the next three years to support 16-24 year olds participate in education, training and employment.

As part of the Youth Contract, there are three elements:

  • support for 18-24 year olds to gain skills and experience leading to employment (led by Jobcentre Plus)
  • incentives for small businesses to take on apprentices (led by the National Apprenticeship Service)
  • support for 16-17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and have low qualifications, such as one or no GCSEs at grade C.

Mentors will work with the young people who are referred to participate on the Youth Contract over a six month period to develop their skills and confidence to get them back into education, employment or training. The support package includes:

  • meeting the young person to discuss their options and agreeing an action plan
  • helping the young person reengage at school, college, on a training course, such as an apprenticeship, or to find employment
  • helping the young person to sustain their education, employment or training for five out of six months.

The Youth Contract will help schools support their Year 11 leavers to successfully progress to their post-16 destination. It will also work with post-16 providers and the voluntary sector to provide support services to young people.

Full details about the Youth Contract can be found at the Department for Education.

Delivery partners

Skills Training UK are the primary contract holders for element three, as detailed above, in the South East. In Hampshire, the delivery partners are Hampshire County Council, Catch 22 and Wheatsheaf Trust for the following districts:

Hampshire County Council

Catch 22

Wheatsheaf Trust







East Hampshire



New Forest


Test Valley

Hampshire County Council will deliver the Youth Contract through its Hampshire Careers and Employability Service and Youth Support Services.

Further information

If you know of a young person who could benefit from support through the Youth Contract, contact the relevant delivery partner in your area: