New Deal for Young People: Participants' Perspectives
New Deal for Young People (NDYP) plays a central role in current welfare to work strategies. Launched in 12 Pathfinder areas in January 1998, and extended nationally in April 1998, the programme aims to assist young people who have been unemployed for 6 months or more in finding sustainable employment. This article examines some key features of NDYP from the perspectives of participants. It first considers the considerable diversity of young unemployed people who enter the programme and their very differing needs. It then examines the patterns of departure into employment from the programme and explores whether some routes appear more durable than others. Finally, some discussion is devoted to the variety of ways in which 'employability' can be strengthened during NDYP and to the qualities of the programme that most enhance them. The analysis is based on accumulated evidence from a series of qualitative studies carried out as part of the main evaluation programme.
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