Local authority roles in the Youth Contract for 16- to 17-year-olds

This publication provides background information on the Youth Contract including details on procurement and how the programme will work.

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The Youth Contract programme for 16 and 17 year olds, managed through the Education Funding Agency, ended as planned on 31 March 2016.

The purpose of the programme was to engage young people who are hardest to reach and support them into education, training or a job with training. Delivery of the programme across England began in September 2012.



One aspect of the Youth Contract is additional support for disengaged 16- to 17-year-olds to move into education, training or work with training. This is the element which the Education Funding Agency (EFA) is contracted for and which this note focuses on.


  • outline of the Youth Contract
  • main objectives of the 16-17 provision
  • the core target group
  • the outcomes
  • procurement
  • expected involvement of local authorities throughout the process
Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 3 January 2014 + show all updates
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