What we can do for 16-19 year olds

We offer a number of services for young people to help improve skills through education, training, work or other related activities.

What we offer:

  • Help to study, train or learn new skills






  • Help finding a job

    If you're:

    • under 18 and not in full-time education contact a Youth Service provider to discuss your options
    • over 18 contact us we can offer career guidance and help you find a job that's right for you.

    We may be able to help you with some of the costs of looking for work and attending interviews.

    If you're struggling to find a job talk to us about your options. We may be able to help you get work experience or training.



  • Help getting work experience

    The more skills you have, the better your chances are of getting the job you want. We may be able to help you get work experience.

    If you can't find work straight away, you may like to consider gaining work experience and learning new skills by doing voluntary work. We can offer you opportunities and put you in touch with suitable projects.



  • Help moving into a job

    We understand that for some people starting a new job isn't always easy. We want to support you while you settle into work and may be able to help you with some initial job costs.

  • Help when leaving school or home

    Youth Payment

    Youth Payment is a weekly payment which helps young people aged 16 or 17 who can't live with their parents or guardian and aren't supported by them or anyone else.

    If you apply for this, we'll also talk to your parent or caregiver about your situation.

    Young Parent Payment

    Young Parent Payment is a weekly payment which helps young parents aged 16-19 year olds.

    If you apply for this, we'll also talk to your parent or caregiver about your situation.

    Away from Home Allowance

    If you're caring for a 16 or 17 year-old who's living away from home while on a tertiary or training course, you may be able to get an allowance to help with their living costs.


  • Help with childcare

    We may be able to provide financial help if you're looking after a child.