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What is the Learning Agreement?

The Learning Agreement is a pilot aimed at 16 and 17 year olds who are in work but not receiving accedited training. The pilot is testing whether cash incentives encourage these young people and their employers to get involved in training so they can gain qualifications relevant to their jobs.

Details of the pilots were announced in the 2003 budget and arise from the cross-departmental Review of Financial Support for 16-19 year olds. The Government has an aim that all young people should, when they reach the age of 19 be ready for skilled employment or higher education, and it is reviewing the system of financial support for 16-19 year olds to ensure that it encourages and supports all young people to participate and achieve in education and training.

How does it work?

In Greater Manchester’s Learning Agreement Pilot, 3 elements are being tested:

  • giving a cash reward to both the young person and the employer when the agreed qualification has been achieved;
  • a learning agreement that is negotiated and signed by the employee, with help from a The Countryside Foundation Advisor, to demonstrate their commitment to the pilot.
  • What are the payments?

The young person will receive £250 for taking part and achieving their Learning Agreement.

The employer will receive £250 when the young person successfully completes the Learning Agreement.


Call the Learning Agreement Team @ The Countryside Foundation Stockport 0845 37 13 2 19

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