Youth Contract Extension

This programme to support young people into work was launched across Greater Manchester in October 2014. The main programme, known as Nu Traxx Connect, aims to support approximately 2,500 18–24 year olds across Greater Manchester who have been out of work and claiming Job Seekers Allowance/Universal Credit for 6 months (or 3 months where young people are facing multiple barriers to securing work). The programme is being delivered by APM (formerly Pertemps People Development Group) with a range of partners across the ten local authorities. Funded by the Cabinet Office, this unique programme not only provides mentoring support for young people as they develop skills to help them secure a job, but will continue to support them in the early months of working to ensure that they can overcome any barriers to sustaining their employment. In addition, an enterprise programme (delivered by People Plus) is available to Nu Traxx participants who show an interest in or flair for starting their own business as a precursor to New Enterprise Allowance and other business start-up support.

Also unique to the programme is a ‘personalised budget’ to support young people with costs associated with securing and sustaining work. Simple things such as not having photo ID such as a passport can prevent people gaining work. Similarly, helping newly employed participants to meet their daily living costs in the early weeks of employment between ceasing a benefits claim and the first pay packet can make all the difference to someone staying in employment. This bespoke personalised support is combined with a fantastic travel deal, offered in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), to help young people on this programme once they start work, with subsidised travel and advice on travel planning.

A further strand of activity is currently in development within this programme to provide peer-to-peer support and advice for employers when recruiting young people. Through this mentoring scheme, employers and young people will be supported in working together to tackle any barriers to sustaining employment.

For operational queries about any aspect of Nu Traxx Connect in Greater Manchester contact:

Nicola Wood - Supply Chain Manager, APM
Email - Nicola.wood@ppdg.co.uk 
Tel: 0161 259 2840

For policy queries about Greater Manchester’s Youth Contract Extension and other youth employment initiatives contact:
Nic Hutchins – Head of Youth Initiatives, New Economy
Email – Nicola.hutchins@neweconomymanchester.com
Tel: 0161 237 4041