Guaranteed apprenticeship interviews for care leavers

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  • May

Young people who have been in care often have to overcome huge personal challenges to start work and make the progress they want in their careers.  When you have been dealt a difficult hand in life, getting into training or employment can be more of a struggle than others face.

Nationally, 40% of care leavers aged 19 – 21 are not in education, training or employment, comapred to 13% for this age group overall.

There is lots of support available in Islington for care leavers as they transition into independent adult lives.

Now, care leavers can enjoy a guaranteed interview for exciting apprenticeship opportunities with Islington Council if they meet the basic criteria for the role.

Care leavers can thrive on the council’s apprenticeship scheme where they benefit from a strong support network such as a mentor for every apprentice, an apprentices forum and managers who get extra training to develop the skills needed to support apprentices in their team.

 


Hannah, Youth Work Apprentice

Hannah is thriving in her role as a Youth Work Apprentice with Islington Council after overcoming personal challenges as a care leaver.

“I have basically been in the system my whole life. Before becoming an apprentice, I used Islington Council’s services such as young mums’ groups and Abianda, who work with females affected by gangs. I ended up delivering seminars for Abianda and one day came to Islington Council to deliver a seminar for Targeted Youth Services. There was something about it that made me think ‘I need to work here.’

When I got the apprenticeship, I was nervous. But once I got in, I actually knew some faces from growing up in Islington anyway. The team are so welcoming. I don’t want to leave this place!

Working and studying at the same time has worked so well for me. I have been so well looked after here, everyone is really nice. I get more support than I would have had if I’d chosen to go to college. They matched me with my Manager Angela so well.

Before I started the apprenticeship, I didn’t think I was smart enough and I didn’t believe in myself. Angela always said “I believe in you, believe in yourself as well.” And now, it’s opened up the part of my brain that likes education and made me think about potentially going to university.

I think Islington Council is a brilliant place for apprentices. They recognise how important apprentices are, so it’s really been amazing.”

Check out Islington Council apprenticeship opportunities and get in touch to find out more and get support to apply for a role that suits you.