This report sets out findings from the evaluation of the Youth Employment Gateway (YEG), an ambitious initiative to reduce youth unemployment across the Liverpool City Region.
YEG was aimed at young people aged between 18 and 24 who were out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Universal Credit (UC). It provided access to a personal adviser who delivered individually-tailored employment-related advice and guidance to help participants move closer to, and into, the labour market. A unique feature of the programme was the availability of a flexible funding pot, of up to £500 per individual, to help pay for goods or services that would improve their employment prospects.
The evaluation report examines the extent to which YEG delivered sustainable job outcomes and which aspects of delivery were most effective for supporting young people into employment and training, and provides lessons for future policy development and commissioning for tackling youth unemployment at the city region level.