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Catch22 is building an immediate response to the youth unemployment crisis.

We are seeking forward-thinking partners to help young people facing barriers to work find training and employment. Together, we can help those with complex social barriers, where government schemes won’t be enough.


The current economic crisis risks pushing an additional 600,000 18-24-year-olds in the UK into unemployment in the coming year.

This is Joe. He’s 18.

Until recently Joe was living with his Mum, who has problems with addiction. He’s got 2 GCSEs and he’s never worked before. He struggles with anxiety. Joe doesn’t know how to claim Universal Credit. He’s spent the last two weeks sleeping on his mate’s sofa. He doesn’t know what he’ll do next. Joe is outside the system – unless someone actively reaches out to him, he’s likely to slip through the cracks and not get the help he needs.


Catch22 runs employability programmes to help young people facing barriers to work find work. Long term, we want to help young people find sustainable opportunities, and reach more young people who need our help. Our schemes provide:


We want to support 20,000 young people facing complex barriers to work into employment or training across Manchester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham over the next three years.

Factors such as deprivation, existing levels of youth unemployment, industry hot spots and educational attainment play into a complex picture. Our mapping suggests there will be high numbers of young people, like Joe, who need our support in these four cities.

By partnering with Catch22, you can support:




Investing in our capacity and innovation will help Catch22 programmes:

When you partner with Catch22, your employees can volunteer on our programmes. Volunteers help inspire young people, and gain insight into how to create a diverse workforce.

A mixture of sharing my life experiences and our collective discussions made me feel that we collectively helped a group of wonderful candidates move forward with their aspirations.

Catch22 Mentor


Take a closer look at some of our current programmes:


If you are interesting in finding out more, or have any questions, please contact Kat Dixon, Director of Partnerships

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