Birmingham City Council

Young Talent for Business

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Important News:

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that it is to wiithdraw the Wage Incentive element of Youth Contract as of 6th August 2014. This means that only people who start work on or before that date will be eligible for DWP's Wage Incentive payments.

Birmingham's Multi-Agency Team has yet to reach a decision about how Birmingham Jobs Fund will support employers recruiting young people to 'Non-Apprenticeship' jobs beyond 6th August.

Any employer with outstanding paperwork for Wage Incentive starts are encouraged to complete and return these as a matter of urgency.

The decision does not affect Birmingham Jobs Fund payments for 'Apprenticeship' starts where it matches the Skills Funding Agency's 'AGE 16-24 grant'.

We hope to reach a decision in the next few days about future deployment of the fund.

If you have specific queries please call the hotline on 0121 480 3830

Important - Link to Information for Providers

Backdating of Starts - New Announcement

Youth unemployment is a problem in Birmingham. To help tackle this we are offering enhanced financial incentives to employers so that they can open up apprenticeship and non-apprenticeship opportunities to young people. The programme is called Young Talent for Business.

We can provide financial incentives for businesses recruiting Birmingham’s young people to the following criteria (updated as of 20th January 2014).

Apprenticeships

  • 16 to 18 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEET) (self declared) or
  • 16 to 18 year olds attending one of the BJF accepted courses; or
  • 18 to 24 years of age unemployed for at least 1 day (self declared)

Non- Apprenticeships

  • 16 to 18 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEET); or
  • 16 to 18 year olds attending one of the BJF accepted courses; or
  • 18 to 24 years of age unemployed for 6 months or longer and claiming either:
    • Jobseekers Allowance (JSA).
    • Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Income Support (IS)

The young person must be residing in a Birmingham Local Authority Post Code:

Employers may have access to the following

  • an enhanced incentive of up to £3,000 to employers recruiting to an apprenticeship vacancy
  • an enhanced incentive of up to £4,550 to employers recruiting to a non-apprenticeship vacancy
  • help for employers to find suitable candidates from a pool of bright and talented young people

The document below explains how the funding works and how it can be accessed


Find out more about the problem Birmingham is facing and the work of the Birmingham Commission on Youth Unemployment here.

We are keen to work with local companies to give a young person a chance. Please help us and get in touch. We will find you a suitable young person who is keen to learn and keen to work.

Forms and further guidance are available here.

If you are an employer interested in advertising apprenticeship opportunities, please call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 and they will happily guide you through the process.

If you are an employer interested in advertising non-apprenticeship opportunities then please write to youngtalentforbusiness@birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 480 3830.

This programme is delivered through a multi-agency partnership which comprises of Birmingham City Council, National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Marketing Birmingham. The team is based at Jobcentre Plus (Youth Hub), 100 Broad Street, Birmingham.

It uses Birmingham Jobs Fund money to top-up existing employer incentives available through the NAS and DWP.

See how the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is supporting apprenticeship schemes and the Employer Incentives that are available.

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Last Updated: 25th July 2014