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Your Education, Training & Employment

We want to support you with whatever you decide you want to do when you are 18 so we will make sure that you are getting the right advice and guidance about what you want to do next and have options available to you to pursue education, training or employment. We have a dedicated employment advisor in our Leaving Care Team who can help you with those decisions, but you can also talk to your Personal Advisor and if you want to, link you with an ‘Aspiration Champion’.

Education & Training

If you want to go to college:

We understand that sometimes it is hard to go on your own to enrol at college so Nottingham College is offering you the chance to enrol at a different time if you want to. Nottingham College will also provide you with the following:

  • Access to an Achievement Coach, wellbeing support and health advice
  • Support through the college and your personal advisor to support your attendance
  • A named person to support in you to get an appropriate work placement or work experience
  • Support to visit the colleges if you just want to find out more

 


 

If you want to go to university:

  • We will encourage you to go to university and help you choose which one and where.
  • We will provide you with a Higher Education (HE) bursary of £2,000 if you go to University and we will help you to consider how this is best spent.
  • We will also provide somewhere for you to stay during University holidays (or funding for this if you would prefer to make your own arrangements) if you are in full time HE and your term time accommodation is not available. This is for 21 weeks of non-term time rent.
  • We will provide a living allowance equivalent to benefit rate.
  • We will help you with an application to Student Finance England for tuition fees and student loans; and we give you travelling costs to get to and from University at the start and end of term.
  • Locally, Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University will give you lots of information about how they can help you before you apply to them.

Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham (UoN) may offer the following through their pre-entry Programmes:

  • Campus visits for you before you arrive and/or additional welcome activities if you want to go to them.
  • A bursary for financial support of £1000.
  • A guaranteed offer of University-allocated accommodation. Accommodation in halls is available throughout the summer vacation, and they also help you move in if you are travelling on your own.
  • A personal health and wellbeing welcome pack.

The University of Nottingham offers:

  • A care leaver mentor that can be contacted at any time during the application cycle for information advice and guidance.
  • Money Advisors to help you apply for all you are entitled to and work out a budget to suit your needs and interests, before you get to university.

 

Nottingham Trent University offers:

  • A Transition Team Service.
  • A named Senior Student Support Advisor.
  • Group and 1-to-1 mentoring specifically for care experienced students. This includes online sessions on research options, student finance, filling out applications.
  • Money Management Workshops.
  • Termly e-newsletters for Care Leavers and Care Leaver student focus groups.

 

You can find out more about what both universities provide for you on these links:

University of Nottingham – Care leavers

Nottingham Trent University – Support for care leavers

 


 

Go to Unite Foundation Website

 


Propel. If you are considering entering higher education, this website can take you to the right pages of your chosen college/ university to see what they have on offer for care leavers. Go to Propel Website

 


Care to Learn is for young parents aged 19 years and under. Funding is available to support with child care costs while you are studying. Go to Care to Learn Website

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a really good way of getting into work. In Nottingham there are lots of opportunities for apprenticeships with Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes as well as other businesses.

  • Nottingham City Council know that these are hard to get so will make sure that you and your Personal Advisors are told about any apprenticeship opportunities within the City Council at the same time as going to our recruitment partners. You will also be offered wrap around support. This would include regular review meetings with apprentice managers and PA’s; and where needed, access to the additional support e.g. Maths / English support, resilience coaching and mentoring sessions.
  • Apprenticeships are very popular and securing an interview can be difficult enough. With this in mind, we will guarantee you an interview should meet the minimum criteria of the role.

We will also provide additional support by:

  • Making sure that any apprenticeship assessments or interviews are at a place that is right for you.
  • Helping with transport costs to attend interviews for training, school/college, apprenticeships or job interviews.
  • Preparation for interviews and where appropriate financial support to purchase suitable interview clothing.

Apprenticeship Service. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills earn a wage and get holiday pay get time for study related to the role. Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. All vacancies can be accessed online via Apprenticeships Website

Employment

If you want to get a job we will support you by:

  • Making sure you have access to the Leaving Care Service employability programme to make positive steps towards training and employment. The programme is recognised by the Department of Works and Pensions as a genuine job seeking provision for care leavers. The programme provides opportunities that aim to build your confidence so that you feel able to move onto training or employment.
  • Offering the delivery of ASDAN courses where you will have the opportunity to achieve employability courses (from entry level to Level 2). The Leaving Care Service is a registered ASDAN centre. The flexibility of ASDAN's short courses means that they can be carried out in a variety of settings, over a time-period to suit you and the co-ordinating centre.
  • Linking you with an ‘Aspiration Champion’ who works for Nottingham City Council, who will get to know you and support you in widening your horizons raising your aspiration levels around education and employment opportunities.

Sometimes if you are not quite sure what you want to do, work experience can help you make a decision. Our care leavers thought this would be a good idea so we have worked with education providers in the city to help give you a range of work experience opportunities. For example, the Work Inspiration scheme at Nottingham Trent University runs throughout the year and provides opportunities across a wide range of work experiences. In addition, Nottingham College will, where possible, seek work placement or experience opportunities for care leavers not enrolled at the college. The DWP will also offer work experience if you are getting benefits and health organisations can offer work experience to care leavers who wish to pursue a career in health. Nottingham City Council will also offer work experience and taster opportunities within the Council. Please talk to your Personal Advisor if you want to find out more about work experience.

This would be by:

  • Chatting with you informally.
  • Offering you guidance and support
  • Putting you in touch with people that have contacts and can arrange work experience opportunities for you.
  • If you are not quite sure what you want to do work experience can help you make a decision. Our care leavers thought this would be a good idea so we have worked with education providers in the city to help give you a range of work experience opportunities.

For example, the Work Inspiration scheme at Nottingham Trent University runs throughout the year and provides opportunities across a wide range of work experiences. In addition, Nottingham College will, where possible, seek work placement or experience opportunities for care leavers not enrolled at the college. The DWP will also offer work experience if you are getting benefits and health organisations can offer work experience to care leavers who wish to pursue a career in health. Nottingham City Council will also offer work experience and taster opportunities within the Council. Please talk to your Personal Advisor if you want to find out more about work experience.

Further Information

The Prince’s Trust offers support to prepare you for work, and to help you get the job you want. They can help you develop your skills and confidence, get a taste of a new industry or gain some solid work experience. They can offer development awards to fund you to train.

Go to Princes Trust Website


Apprenticeship Service. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills earn a wage and get holiday pay get time for study related to the role. Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. All vacancies can be accessed online via Apprenticeships Website


Nottingham Jobs Hub is a partnership between the City Council, Department of Work and Pension and Futures and will help to remove barriers to employment and provide specialist employment support and skills, including job search to Nottingham City residents who are unemployed. Go to Nottingham Jobs Website


Working Links may be able to help you to change your mind-set and support access to employment through IAG, one-to-one support, mentoring & coaching and signposting to employ local. They also provide in-work support although they do have eligibility criteria that you have to meet before you can get the help. Go to Links to Work Webpage


Futures Advice provides personalised information, advice & guidance to help residents make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. We have dedicated staff within the leaving care team who are there to help you. Go to Futures Website


Opportunity and Change – a pathway to work is a support programme for people with multiple and complex needs throughout Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The programme is being delivered by local organisations working together, with a range of experience of working with people with multiple and complex needs. You may be able to access this but please talk to your Personal Advisor. Go to Opportunity and Change Website


Building Better Opportunities – Towards Work Programme will support you with the first steps towards gaining employment. You will receive one to one personalised support to overcome barriers that are holding you back from employment and education. You may be able to access this but please talk to your Personal Advisor. Go to Towards Work Website

 

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