About LA7 Youth


The LA7Youth project came into existence as a result of a national programme funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the European Social Fund (ESF), on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. The project has been designed to support young people who are aged 14-19 and who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET.


A party of 7 north east local authorities comprising Gateshead Council (acting as Lead Partner), Durham County Council, Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Borough Council, Northumberland County Council, Borough of South Tyneside and Sunderland City Council, known as LA7YOUTH Group, jointly submitted a tender to the SFA to provide the service to the North East Region. The party’s tender was successful and the LA7YOUTH Group was selected as the provider for the North East Region with Gateshead Council acting as the Lead Partner, and so LA7Youth was born.


LA7Youth Management Team

Gateshead Council, acting as Lead Partner, has appointed a project team to monitor the project as a whole, support individual providers to ensure the quality of the provision, and drive forward the key priorities of the project to meet the requirements of the young people with whom the project is working.


LA7Youth Overview

LA7Youth is part of a national ESF project for 14 -19 year olds. At a sub-regional level the project will work in the following local authority areas:

  • Gateshead Council (Lead Partner);
  • Durham County Council;
  • Newcastle City Council;
  • North Tyneside Borough Council;
  • Northumberland County Council;
  • Borough of South Tyneside;
  • Sunderland City Council.


The project will be delivered over an 18 month period from December 2013 and terminating on 31 July 2015, working with approximately 2,500 young people throughout the region.

LA7Youth project works with 50 providers delivering a mixture of specialised learning activities, training and personal development programmes.


LA7Youth Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries for the LA7Youth project across the region will be targeted towards 14-19 year olds, with a particular focus on 16-18 year olds in the following groups:

  • Have no or low level skills and/or attainment;
  • Have learning disabilities and or difficulties;
  • Are supervised by the Youth Offending Team (YOT);
  • Are young carers;
  • Are young parents;
  • Are in care or leaving care.


LA7Youth Methodology

The delivery model for the LA7Youth project across the region will:

  • Implement individualised support to ensure early intervention for young people at risk of disengaging from learning;
  • Develop tailored transitional support packages for young people moving between types of education e.g. from school to Further Education;
  • Develop and embed a wide range of employer engagement activity;
  • Deliver programmes to increase literacy and numeracy skills and qualifications.