Increased Support for Care Leavers
20 March 2017
Hundreds of care leavers will be helped to move into work,
training or education through a new £1 million programme.
The Care Experienced Employability Programme (CEEP) is a one-year
pilot programme to help 270 young care leavers aged 16-29 to move
into appropriate work, training or educational opportunities.
CEEP will be led by the third sector Young Person's Consortium
(YPC) which consists of Barnardo's Scotland, Action for Children
and the Prince's Trust.
The programme will enhance and add value to existing youth
employment provision and deliver intensive support to young people
who are often excluded from attaining their full potential through
education and employment. It will offer work experience,
qualifications, practical skills, involvement in community projects
and life coaching that are focussed on the needs of the
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown,
"This innovative programme is a new approach to helping the young
people who face the biggest barriers in our society.
"It will provide wrap-around support for young people who have been
looked after at home, and who are recognised as having the most
significant challenges to accessing education and skills training
"This follows on from the First Minister's announcement last
October of an independent root and branch review of the care system
in Scotland. This supports our commitment to the young people of
Scotland that their needs will be central to how we reform the care
"Recent data shows that we have made significant progress in
tackling youth unemployment and Scotland currently has the second
lowest youth unemployment rate in Europe, after Germany, with
levels at the lowest rate since records began.
"By supporting more young care leavers to access employment,
training and education opportunities and close the attainment gap
with their peers, we are sending a clear signal that we are
determined to go further. We have set an ambitious target of
achieving a 55% progression rate for the programme in year one to
ensure this is delivered."
Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo's Scotland, said:
"Barnardo's Works partnership with the Prince's Trust and Action
for Children will give care experienced young people the
opportunity to access apprenticeships and jobs with training,
working with our wide range of employer partners.
"This is a golden opportunity to make a step change in how we
support care experienced young people on to Apprenticeships and
Jobs. This is a group of young people who are often at the back of
the queue when it comes to having that opportunity. The partnership
is delighted to be able to support Scottish Government in helping
to make this significant change."
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