Are you an employer looking to take on a young person?

In this section you'll find information on recruitment support, training providers and financial incentives available when employing a young person.

Employment Schemes

Supporting Young People

The Prince's Trust work in partnership with both public and private sector organisations in communities across the UK to deliver positive outcomes for young people who need support. The Business Programme helps young people to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work. Click here for more information.

Recruitment Support

Jobcentre Plus can help you to recruit young people with the right attitude and skills for your business. They may be able to help you with pre-job training, financial support or by providing an adviser to make it easier and faster for you to find the right person. Click here for more information.

Work Experience

By offering someone a period of work experience, your business will gain new ideas and fresh enthusiasm. It’s also a cost-effective, flexible approach to recruitment. Click here to download a work experience guide for employers.

Reed in Partnership is providing non-graduate work experience and internships to unemployed young people. The programme is free to employers and Reed in Partnership takes care of the placement and administration. Click here for more information.

The National Council for Work Experience promotes quality work experience for the benefit of students, organisations and the economy. Click here for more information.

The Education Business Partnership Organisation provides information on how your organisation can offer work experience. Click here for more information.


Apprenticeships are the proven way to train your workforce. They can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly, The National Apprenticeship Service provides details on the schemes available and how to find an apprentice. Click here for more information.


Graduates Yorkshire provides employers with a cost effective, straight forward means of attracting and recruiting graduates. Click here for more information.

The Graduate Talent Pool is designed to help match the skills businesses require with those offered by new and recent graduates. Click here for more information.


The Skills Enhancement Fund provides resources to support training activity that meets specific business needs which are not currently being met through existing programmes. The fund supports the cost of training to a maximum of 60%. Applications up to a maximum of £20,000 will be accepted. Click here for more information.

National Skills Academies can provide skills training for school leavers, graduates and other new entrants to the workforce, giving them the added skills they need to become employed and succeed in their careers. Click here for more information.

Learndirect Business delivers high-quality online training services to transform the skills of your employees and improve business performance and profitability. Employees can access literacy and numeracy training, study for NVQs and university qualifications. As an approved Train to Gain training provider, learndirect can also access government funding to help you minimise the cost of training, saving you up to £1,500 per employee. Click here for more information.

Services to Business is the department within Wakefield College that focuses on the training needs of companies. The Enhancement Fund is open to any company or organisation and funds 60% of training costs (as long as the course is not mandatory or can be funded in any other way). Click here for more information.

Financial Incentives

Payroll Implications

There are special PAYE procedures to follow if you take on a worker who is receiving a Youth Training (YT) allowance or who is a participant in the New Deal scheme. Click here for more information.

© Copyright Wakefield Works 2009-2019 : Disclaimer