A new government-funded bursary scheme has been announced to support care leavers to join an apprenticeship.
Care leavers aged 16-24 choosing to do an apprenticeship from August 2018 will receive a £1,000 bursary to help them in the first year of their apprenticeship, the government has announced.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “We know those leaving care can experience additional barriers to getting an apprenticeship.
“Everyone should get a chance to be able to start an apprenticeship and change their life, so I’m really pleased that as we see how we can make the apprenticeship system work better we are able to offer this extra support for those leaving care,” added Ms Milton.
The £1,000 bursary will be paid once to each care leaver in the eligible age range, when they start an apprenticeship after 1 August 2018. This is in addition to the £1,000 provided to both employers and training providers when they take on 16 to 18 year olds or 19 to 24 year olds who were in care or who have an Education, Health and Care plan.
Chief Executive of The Children’s Society Matthew Reed said: “It can be hugely difficult for children leaving care to manage their finances for the first time without the family support enjoyed by other young people and they are more likely than their peers to not be in education, employment and training.
“Care leavers have told us how they have struggled to make ends meet and pay the bills after taking up an apprenticeship on low rates of pay when they cannot rely on additional support from parents such as being able to continue living in the family home.
“That’s why The Children’s Society called on the government to offer an additional grant to all care leavers in their first year of an apprenticeship, when pay can be as low as £3.70 an hour, and we are delighted that ministers have listened. We hope this grant will make apprenticeships a more viable option for young people looking to find work after leaving care and help set them on the path to a brighter future,” he added.
COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on the wellbeing of children and families social workers, according to a longitudinal study by the Department for Education.
Wave 3 of the study, conducted between September and December 2020, found feelings of stress and having too high a workload have increased since Wave 1 and Wave 2 [...]
The highest number of complaints received by the Local Government Ombudsman in the last year were about education and children’s services, the annual report has revealed.
Furthermore, the uphold rate increased across all categories of complaint, except Environmental Services, and the highest proportion of complaints upheld were about Education and Children’s Services (77%).
“We published 40 [...]
The chief executive of Barnardo’s Javed Khan has stepped down from his role after seven years at the helm of the children’s charity.
Javed Khan has said that since he started the role in May 2014, he has been “mesmerised by the brilliance” of Barnardo’s, but, after reflecting on what is best for him and [...]