Page 5: The four options
For those young people who don’t leave the Gateway for jobs advertised by employers in the normal way, the New Deal offers access to four practical options to help the young person develop the skills and experience necessary to gain and keep a job. These options are:
- A job with an employer for which the employer will receive a subsidy of £60 a week for six months. Training will always be included.
- Work for six months with a voluntary sector employer. The young person will receive a wage or an allowance equal to their Jobseeker’s Allowance and continue to get any other benefits such as help with rent or council tax, plus a grant of approximately £400 in instalments over 26 weeks. Again, training is an integral part of this option.
- Six months work with the Environmental Task Force (with similar rewards to being placed with a voluntary sector employer). The young person will work on a project designed to improve the community’s physical environment and also receive training.
- The option of full time education or training for up to 12 months. This will most likely lead to an NVQ level 2 qualification. A young person will receive an allowance equal to Jobseeker’s Allowance and continue to get any other benefits such as help with rent or council tax.
In order to build on the time, learning and experiences gained, continuing support will be provided during and after the four options where appropriate. The level of support will vary depending on progress and needs and its main objective will be to help individual young people to find and retain employment. The personal adviser will play a key part in providing this support.
New Deal is being delivered by the Employment Service, national and local companies, local authorities, voluntary organisations, education and training providers (including TECs and LECs) who work together to provide opportunities in their local area.