The Youth Offer was launched in 2013 as a £3.2m one-off initiative to reduce the numbers of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).
Nationally it is estimated that 10% of 16-18 year olds are not in employment, education or training, but in some London boroughs it might be as high as 20% if the number of young people whose status is ‘not known’ is included.
Grants of around £100,000 were awarded to each of London’s local authorities to work in partnership with their local voluntary sector to support young NEETs (aged 16-24) into work, apprenticeships and vocational training. 31 grants were made, including one joint grant between Haringey and Enfield.
Each project was designed by the local area to provide tailored responses that are sensitive to its particular needs.
The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion was commissioned to evaluate the programme, and at the end of 2015 their final report was published.