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|Title:||Council And Fairy Jobmother Team Up To Help Care Leavers|
|ID & Publication:||20131111004 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
A pilot Doncaster Council scheme to help children in or leaving care find employment has had encouraging results. The Care to Learn programme was run on behalf on the authority by the ‘Fairy Jobmother’ Hayley Taylor.
Care to Learn took place over an 8 week period and engaged a total of 20 learners with over 50 per cent entering some form of employment, education or training.
One young person who completed the course is 19 year old Jordan Green from Doncaster. Jordan received help and advice on writing a CV and looking for a job. He has subsequently been taken on by Doncaster Council as an apprentice in the IT department.
Jordan said: ‘I really enjoy working at the council and find my job interesting. Without the Care to Learn scheme I think it would have been more difficult for me to get a foot in the door with a local employer and gain the experience I need.’
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: ‘Nationally too many care leavers leave the system with poor educational attainment and become long term unemployed. Improving outcomes for care leavers is a key priority and we are tackling this issue in Doncaster with an innovative approach. I am encouraged by these initial results which are creating a brighter future for children and young people in Doncaster. We will now be using lessons learned from this pilot for the future and plan to work together on another project very soon.’
Hayley Taylor said: ‘I have been delighted to work with young people leaving care in Doncaster, helping them overcome barriers to learning and employment.’
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