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Skills to Succeed - Youth Employment Scheme 18 - 24

Youth Employment Scheme

If you are unemployed and between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) can help you develop the skills and gain the experience you need to get a job

Elements of the scheme

Work experience opportunities

The YES programme provides voluntary real work experience opportunities with an employer for between three and eight weeks. It offers you the chance to try particular types of work, improve your confidence and help develop the skills you need to get a job These skills may include:

  • working in a team
  • using your initiative
  • problem solving
  • planning and organising
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • computer skills

During your placement you will receive a Training Allowance equivalent to your benefit entitlement plus a premium of £15.38 a week. You may also be entitled to assistance with travel costs in excess of £4 per week that you incur going to and from your placement. If eligible you may also get help with childcare costs.

Whilst work experience will not be long enough to train you how to do a specific job it will provide the basis for an employer to see what skills you have.

Skills Development Programme

Under the Skills Development programme you will get longer (up to 26 weeks) work placement opportunities during which you will carry out a range of tasks or duties similar to an employee, but with the emphasis on job specific skills training.

This element of the scheme is available primarily within sectors where there is potential for future jobs growth.

The programme focuses on skills training, giving you the opportunity to achieve additional or build on existing qualifications.

You will receive a Training Allowance equivalent to your benefit entitlement plus a premium of £45 per week. In addition, travel costs in excess of £4 per week will be reimbursed.

Work experience - watch and learn

Watch the video to see how the Youth Employment Scheme and undertaking work experience have helped some young people develop their skills and improve their chances of getting a job.

Enhanced Employer Subsidy

An employer who can offer you a full time job may be entitled to an enhanced subsidy of up to £5,750 during your first year of employment providing they offer relevant skills training.

The types of opportunities on offer

Businesses of all sizes can offer work experience placements, skills development opportunities and vacancies. Skills Development opportunities and Enhanced Employer vacancies will be advertised on the Jobcentreonline website and at your local Jobs and Benefits office or JobCentre. Staff in these offices can offer advice on the availability of work experience placements.

On Jobcentreonline, if you go to the Advanced Search feature you can select "Youth Employment Scheme" opportunities.

How to get on the Youth Employment Scheme

Speak to an Employment Service Adviser in your local Jobs and Benefits Office or JobCentre to discuss what skills you need to develop. They can help you develop job search skills, CV building and interview techniques. They can also help you identify suitable opportunities under the Youth Employment Scheme which will improve your chances of getting a job.

You can get more information on the Youth Employment Scheme by contacting your local Jobs and Benefits office or JobCentre or by ringing 0300 200 7822.

Success stories

Read how the Youth Employment Scheme has helped some young people in their search for employment and companies have benefited from the programme.

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