ESIF / Youth Employment Initiative Birmingham & Solihull Youth Promise Plus
Strand 1 – Engagement & Intervention with Young People
• Funding Agency: Birmingham and Solihull Councils with ESIF/YEI funding
• Anticipated Contract Start & End: Jan 2017 to July 2018 (17 months)
• Geography: Birmingham & Solihull
• Business Line: Employability
• Opportunity Breakdown: Birmingham and Solihull Youth Promise Plus (YPP) Strand 1: Engagement and Intervention with Young People has been spilt into 2 Contracts and subsequently divided into Lots. APM are interested in partners who can support delivery in the following contracts/lots:
- Contract 2: Locality Based Intervention Worker Service
Lot 1: Birmingham North – Erdington, Perry Barr, Sutton Coldfield
• Project Overview: Intervention Workers will be embedded within a range of organisations across the sub-region who work directly with disadvantaged young people. Intervention Workers will provide intensive mentoring and pastoral support, providing a ‘wrap-around’ service enabling the young people to address a myriad of barriers including debt, health, housing, basic skills and personal development challenges. The aim is to resolve these barriers swiftly keeping the focus on gaining employment or workplace experience or training leading directly to employment within an average of 6 weeks.
• Target Group: To be eligible for this Provision, individuals must be/have:
- Aged 15 (school leaver age) to 29
- Not participating in any hours of employment (including zero hours contracts), education or training (Pure NEET)
- Basic right to work/study
- Resident of Birmingham or Solihull (based on Local Authority boundaries)
- Not registered on Work Programme
• Service Locations: There are 2 defined cohorts of young people:
1. Universal Service: recruited from JCP offices these young people will be engaged with JCP Work Coaches and in receipt of work related benefits. Intervention workers supporting these groups will be required to work from JCP locations.
2. Hidden NEETs: recruited via assertive & intensive outreach within each locality to engage with those not presently engaged with local services. This will require a wider and more innovative approach to service location, predominately on an outreach basis within the community and with local partners.