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Youth Contract Preferred Bidders Announced

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has announced the preferred bidders for the £1 billion Youth Contract, commissioned through the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

The programme, which will commence delivery in August, will engage at least 55,000 16-17 year old NEETs over the next 3 years who are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement. It is intended to improve their experience and qualifications, to give them a better chance of finding work, and to reduce the proportion who become unemployed in adult life. The programme gives providers freedom to address young people’s individual needs, and is funded through a payment by results approach.

The breakdown of preferred bidders by geographical area is as follows.

  • Manchester and Cheshire – Groundwork
  • East Midlands – Groundwork
  • Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria – Groundwork
  • East of England – The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd
  • North East – Pertemps People Development Group Ltd
  • South East (A) – Skills Training UK
  • South East (B) – Skills Training UK
  • South West – Prospects Training Services (Gloucester) Ltd
  • West Midlands – Prospects Limited
  • Yorkshire and the Humber – Prospects Limited
  • London North – Prevista
  • London South – Prevista

A full list of each of the proposed subcontracted organisations for each preferred bidder has also been published as part of the announcement.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “Disengaged young people often have complex problems that act as a barrier to getting them learning again, which the Government alone can’t deal with. But very often local charities and businesses know what’s going to help them. That’s why we’re unlocking funding for these organisations to be as creative and innovative as they can, to do whatever it takes, to get the young people who need it most back on their feet. In exchange for this freedom, all we ask is that they get results. It’s a win-win for government, young people and the organisations involved.”

Prevista has attributed its success in London to a collaborative proposition which combines web based and psychological support tools. James Clements Smith, Managing Director at Prevista said: What will make the difference to the young people supported through the Youth Contract are organisations which are embedded in each community, who understand the needs on a local level and who can identify with the various challenges from anti-social behaviour and gangs to long term unemployed. That’s why we have put together a varied and experienced partnership to ensure every single young person gets the support they need.”

The full list of preferred bidders, and their supply chains, is available here.