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After care

Children

in Care

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT

We want to support you to have high aspirations for yourself and enable you to reach your full potential, to achieve this:

  • You can get information, support and guidance in applying for a place in Higher Education. You can receive support when you are there, and advice when you are ready to leave.
  • If you attend university either locally or nationally, you will be entitled to a bursary to support you financially
  • You can get support on post-graduation career planning
  • We will offer you financial assistance whilst at university, which includes support with travel, accommodation and academic books
  • You can get support from the Education Employment and Training (EET) Coordinator offering information advice and guidance on accessing education training and employment. This includes help with career planning and support with accessing funding
  • You can attend a weekly drop in session at The Way every Friday afternoon and individual appointments are also available for career advice and support
  • You can get support to ensure you have appropriate clothing for interviews
  • You will have a post 16 Personal Education Plans (PEP) whilst you are still looked after and in education, employment and training
  • You can receive a post 16 PEP as a care leaver to help support you with your employment, education or training.
  • You can receive support from your YPA in attending appointments with your Job Coach
  • We can provide you with help and support in accessing work experience
  • You can get support from Connexions, who provide careers advice and support to young people aged 13-19, and up to age 25 if you have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). To contact Connexions or make an appointment with a Personal Advisor call 01902 554499 or email connexions@wolverhampton.gov.uk
  • If you’re not in education, employment or in training you can get additional support to help you. This can include support from Impact, who will help you to access support to get into education, training and employment
  • When ready for work you can get support from a work coach from Wolves@Work
  • You can find out about opportunities on getting into work through the website WorkBox here you will find The City of Wolverhampton Council multiple apprenticeship opportunities available to you.
  • As a care leaver you will be guaranteed an interview for any apprenticeship you apply for
  • You can access support with interview techniques through the EET coordinator and you can participate in a mock interview that will be related to the position you are applying for
  • Wolverhampton Homes offer 5 apprenticeships opportunities per year to care leavers
  • The Children and Young People’s Service, offer 3 work opportunities per year to care leavers
  • You will receive a £1000 bursary when undertaking an apprenticeship
  • You can get financial support with travel, clothes and equipment when starting work
  • You can access free dry-cleaning services through Timpsons to help you to prepare for interviews
  • You can access a 50% discount on transport on most Network West Midlands travel passes, and National Express travel passes for up to three months when you start a new job
  • You can access a 16-18 photocard which entitles all 16-18-year olds to buy child rate tickets for travel on the bus, train and tram. The 16-18 photocard is available to those in full-time education, apprentices, trainees and those in employment
  • You could be entitled to an English National Concessionary Pass which gives those of you who are registered disabled, free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' from Monday to Friday