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ILM scheme

Young people from Wirral who are not in education, employment or training have the opportunity to take part in work placements supported by Wirral Council.

The Wirral Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) scheme is open to 16-19 year olds, or 16-21 year olds from disadvantaged groups such as care leavers and those with disabilities.

Applicants must live in Wirral, be aged 16-19 years old (or 16-21 if in a vulnerable group) and not in education, employment or training.

What does the scheme do?

The Wirral Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) scheme encourages small and medium-sized employers to take on young people who are facing problems in developing skills and gaining employment, with grants of £5,000 or £10,000 per individual supported. The scheme is funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative, after a successful bid by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

167 placements are available in total on the scheme, which has already seen 21 young people secure employment opportunities, fully funded and from 7 to 13 months in length. The money will go towards paying young people’s wages, and companies will sign a contract to say they will offer at least 35 hours work a week paying at least the national minimum wage.

The programme is focused on sustainable employment opportunities and as such all employers are assessed and must be in a growth sector or add community value to the Wirral area.

The Wirral ILM Scheme is part of the Wirral Ways to Work Programme which is made up of four projects to support Wirral residents in to employment and training. The other three Wirral Ways to Work projects are a Worklessness Support Service, a Youth Employment Gateway Service and a Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Service.

These projects will support over 1,500 people into employment or training over the next two years.

Want to know more?

To find out more about the Wirral ILM Scheme, please contact