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Young Person?s Guarantee

Country of implementation
United Kingdom
General short description of the innovation
Under the Guarantee, 18-24-year-olds who were unemployed for more than 6 months and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) were guaranteed on a voluntary basis one of the following options: an offer of a job (either through the Future Jobs Fund-FJF or an existing job in a key employment sector); work focused training; or a place on a Community Task Force (CTF). / / Those reaching their 10th month of benefit receipt were required to take up one of the options. The FJF vacancies were at least a 25h-a-week contract, provided at least the national minimum wage and had to be ?additional?. Providers supporting young people were required to help participants in finding sustained work after the FJF job. The sectoral routeways (SR) provided access to existing jobs in key employment sectors such as e.g. retail, hospitality, tourism or care. It included up to 8 weeks of pre-employment training, a work trial, a direct referral to a vacancy and a recruitment subsidy of up to 1000 paid to employers. The Work Focused Training lasted between three and six months full-time. Placements in CTF lasted three months with the option available for participants to extend their time on CTF by another three months on a voluntary basis. CTF participants undertook 25 hours of activity per week. Alongside the placement, CTF providers had to deliver job search support through additional time. Claimants who reached their 10 month point on JSA and rejected other options were required to participate in CTF or the New Deal for Young People equivalent, where available.
Target group
Youth
Policy Field
  • employment
  • social
Type of Policy
  • public
  • public-private partnership
Duration of the policy
2010-2011
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: temporary
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The Guarantee as such was a classic ALMP. Yet, the Future Jobs Funds were ?normal jobs?, remunerated at minimum wage level. The other options were designed to increase young peoples? chances of entering sustained employment and improve their work-related skills. Additionally, the Community Task Force aimed providing some benefit to the community while compensating participants with 15.38 per week in addition their welfare benefits.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
short-term innovation reinforcing inter-agency cooperation to promote younger people in their transition from education to work
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • liberalisation
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • benefit duration
  • benefit eligibility
  • learning workplaces
  • others (work experience and volunteering)
  • training schemes
Intended target group
Young people aged 18 to 24
Working age population
  • employment situation (unemployed)
  • main source of income: social protection (social assistance)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Jobcentre Plus)
  • central state (DWP)
  • municipal government
Intended output
  • benefit duration
  • benefit eligibility
  • learning workplaces
  • others (work experience, volunteering)
  • subsidies/tax-credits (Future Jobs Fund)
  • training schemes
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The Guarantee aimed at improving young people?s readiness for work, enhance work experience and the development of employment relevant skills to support the transition from education into work. It is a classic ALMP in parallel to benefit receipt. The evidence base present suggests that increasing the focus on employer engagement, job search and search support will improve the chances of success for this programme. / Up to the end of May 2011, the majority of the programme participants started a FJF followed by those who started a CTF placement (DWP 2011). / / References: / - DWP (2011). Young Person?s Guarantee Official Statistics, Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/222923/ypg_oct2011.pdf / - DWP (2009). Equality impact assessment for Young Person?s Guarantee and Future Jobs Fund, Available: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/ia-young-person-guarantee-jobs-09.pdf / - Gregg, P. (2009). Job Guarantee. Evidence and Design, September. /
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