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Accessibility Options

To help you develop your skills and access employment, training or volunteering opportunities, your Personal Adviser will support you in making an informed decision about your future career path and ensuring you financially supported where required.

  • If you have been given an interview for a job, let your Personal Adviser know, we  will pay for a haircut and interview clothing prior to the interview.
  • We will also provide you with £5 to purchase stationary and £15 to purchase a college/work bag.
  • If you are earning less than £150 a week, we will support you with travel through the purchase of a bicycle, helmet, lights and lock for £180 or a bus pass
  • Other options for transport are available through charities such as the Kickstart Moped Scheme, to help reduce barriers of getting to and from work.

Traineeships

A Traineeship is a 12 week programme for 16-24 year olds which combines study of English and Maths with high quality work experience with an employer. It is intended to lead on to an apprenticeship or full time employment. They are offered by specialist training providers or through local colleges. A traineeship is classed as further education and you can get the same financial support as detailed in the further education section. .

Apprenticeships

This is a great way to learn a job whilst being paid. If you follow this route you will be supported by the £1,000 care leaver bursary for new apprentices. It is important to ensure that, by undertaking an apprenticeship, you will not be financially disadvantaged, so we will do an assessment of your outgoings and may offer help towards your rent, council tax, equipment-related expenses, etc.

If your Apprenticeship is arranged through a college you will still have Personal Education Plan (PEP) and/or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) meetings to discuss your progress.

To find out more about apprenticeships look at:

Employment

  • If you are starting work we will help you to access any assistance that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provide such as clothing allowance or help with travel costs. If you require a DBS check to start your job we may fund this for you.
  • If you are job hunting, let your Personal Adviser know and they will provide you with a job hunting pack. You may also be to access face-to-face advice and support from the Education, Training and Employment Coordinator.
  • To find local vacancies suitable for young people look at Youthoria.org the Cambridgeshire website for young people. If you live elsewhere we have links with neighbouring authorities and can link you in with local sources of support.

If you are over 18 and claiming certain benefits you will be expected to use the Universal job match as part of your job hunting. Your Job Centre work coach will set you up with a log-in and show you how to apply for jobs through the site. We will liaise with the local Job Centres to ensure that they know you are a Care Leaver and that you are offered appropriate training and job opportunities.

If you are working and expecting a baby you have the right to time off to attend ante-natal appointments and you cannot be dismissed due to your pregnancy. You can choose when your maternity leave begins any time after you are 29 weeks pregnant (11 weeks before your due date). Your employer will be expected to keep your job open for you to return after your maternity leave. To check out your rights look at www.maternityaction.org.uk

A personal allowance will be paid to any young person who is living in semi-independent accommodation; rate will be the equivalent to universal credits (DWP benefit levels for their age).

However if the young person is working or in a training program for which they receive a payment then their financial support will be reviewed to reflect earnings, however we do not want to put you off working, so we will ensure that you earn at least £100 per week, which might be made up of some salary and some subsistence payments.

 Volunteering

There are opportunities throughout Cambridgeshire to volunteer and gain valuable life skills and experience. This can be very rewarding and the skills and experience you pick up can make you much more employable and help you get a job in the future. Even if it is only a few hours a month it is still worth doing.

For further information on opportunities to volunteer for the council or in the local community please see our volunteering page.

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