The Youth Employment Partnerships bring key partners together to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on youth unemployment

The Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP) involves North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council and providers of employment and skills support.

The YEP will ensure any gaps in provision for young people are addressed, and there is additional capacity to improve engagement of young people.  The activity will add value to the existing system of employment support for young people aged 16-24 – improving availability and access to employability and mental health services and indirectly positive outcomes associated with these for young people.

The partnerships will help bring together, coordinate and maximise existing capacity, and commission activity to fill gaps and will ensure:

  • additional provision is provided to young people addressing any gaps in the existing support framework.
  • additional capacity is provided at a local level, including through the voluntary sector, to improve the engagement of young people with existing services and support to improve reach into communities and maximise existing capacity.
  • improved understanding of need and ability to meet demand for support. Insights and intelligence gathered will help NTCA and partners respond to the needs of young people.


YEP is co-designed and co-funded, with two specific areas of activity:

  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Small Grant Programme 

Working with our delivery partner, Rocket Science, this programme is open to VCSE organisations who are delivering community-based activities to engage and support young people (aged 16 to 24) not currently supported through mainstream youth employment provision.

Project activities can include community engagement, wrap-around support and social inclusion activities for young people furthest from the labour market. Grants are between £5,000 and £30,000, with the average grant size expected to be around £15,000 per award.

The deadline is noon Thursday 2nd December 2021, with decisions expected to be made in January.  More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here,  in the prospectus and by watching the video below.


  • Capacity to support YEP partnerships 

A number of posts were created to develop and expand provision within each Local Authority area. The aim of the Partnership Coordinator and Employer Engagement roles is to bring together, coordinate and maximise existing capacity within youth employment services to improve the job prospects of young people in North of Tyne, thereby preventing long term youth unemployment.

These roles will develop a coordinated employment and skills youth offer to improve the job prospects of young people, as well as engage businesses in youth employment programmes which move young people into and towards to work.    This can include engaging young people in sessions and activities, and engaging and supporting employers to provide apprenticeships, traineeships, and jobs for young people through programmes such as Kickstart.


The contact details of the YEP team are below:

Newcastle – Partnership Coordinator

North Tyneside – Partnership Coordinator – Employer Engagement


Northumberland – Employer Engagement – Partnership Coordinator