About the Programme

The Making Changes for Careers programme is an exciting enterprise programme aimed at young people aged 16-29 who are not in employment, education or training who would like to start their own business.

The programme gives young people the opportunity to find out more about the ‘Big 13’ Enterprise Skills, as well as having the chance to access grants from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank in order to develop their business ideas. 

Young people will also have the opportunity to access an experienced business mentor who will be on hand to offer expert advice and guidance. 


To be eligible for the Making Changes for Careers Programme you must be aged 16- 29 and claiming one of the following benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Incapacity Benefit (IB)
  • IS – Income Support
  • Universal Credit claimant who are placed in: The Work Preparation Requirement or Work Focused Interview requirement.

Or you must be considered economically inactive (not part of the labour force):

  • Not be in employment, education or training*
  • Not in receipt of benefits
  • Distant from the labour market and need additional support, skills and/or confidence to enable you to move towards employment.

*You may have a small part time job (less than 16 hours per week), but as long as you are claiming any of the above benefits and are not in employment that takes you above the entitlement for benefits, education or training.

Please ring us to check your eligibility.