YOUNG people in Kirklees will be encouraged to learn more work-based skills before leaving school.
A scheme paid for by the Government's Neighbourhood Renewal was given the go-ahead by Kirklees Council's decision-making panel.
Extra opportunities will be offered to young people who prefer to learn in the workplace instead of in a classroom.
The scheme is the first of its kind in Kirklees and is based on models that have worked well in other parts of the country.
Clr Andrew Marchington, the panel's chairman, said: "This project aims to provide a wider range of opportunities, such as work-based learning, to help more young people to aim high and reach their potential.
"We recognise that not everyone enjoys or excels in the traditional academic approach to subjects such as geography, history and foreign languages.
"We also know that competition for jobs is tougher than ever, which makes it extremely important that our young people leave school with recognised skills and qualifications."
Opportunities will be offered through the Kirklees Collegiates, a group of schools, colleges and work-based learning providers working together to increase opportunities for young people.
The project will be given £260,000 of Neighbourhood Renewal money over two years.
Work will start in April and will include a young apprenticeship programme, giving people aged 14 to 16 work experience and the chance to gain recognised vocational qualifications.
Students will have individual support throughout the programme. This will help them to plot a route to their ideal jobs by receiving advice and guidance on issues such as how to get cash support.
Young people will also be given access to a website which will give details of the range of opportunities available.