Details Of 'Pay-Per-Neet' Scheme Released

In an effort to get unemployed teenagers into work the government will pay companies to get them out of bed.

Nick Clegg's new scheme, the £126m Youth Contract, aims to cut the number of England's "Neets" - 16 and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training.

The deputy prime minister said young people who had "fallen through the net" needed "tailored support".

In response Labour called the scheme "too small and much too late" and unions said it would not make up for cuts in other areas.

Chris Keates, leader of the Nasuwt teachers' union, has accused Mr Clegg of being responsible for an increase in Neets by scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance.

Mr Clegg, who unveiled the "pay-per-Neet" scheme in February, has announced more details about how it will work.

Charities and businesses selected to help the 55,000 Neet youngsters return to college or find jobs will be paid by results.

They will get up to £2,200 for every young person helped, but the full amount will only be paid if the youngster is still in full-time education, training or work six months later.

One of the successful bidders, Pertemps People Development Group, in the north-east of England will offer "bite-sized" English and maths courses - and make wake-up telephone calls "to help young people develop a routine".

Another company, in Yorkshire, will use ex-soldiers to deliver motivational sessions to disaffected young people through the Heroes to Inspire campaign.


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