Lucy Allan welcomes new Government support for young care leavers starting apprenticeships

Telford’s MP, has today welcomed the news that the Department for Education will give care leavers who choose to start an apprenticeship a £1000 bursary to help transition into the workplace.

The announcement was made yesterday and will come into effect from August 2018.

The extra support will be for those aged 16-24 and will help them in the first year of their apprenticeship as they make the transition into the workplace.

The Government has recently put a focus on apprenticeships for looked-after children. This is one of the new measures introduced, in addition to the £1000 the Government provide to both employers and training providers when they take on 16-18 and 19-24 year olds, who were in care or who have an Education, Health and Care plan.

 

Following the announcement, Lucy Allan MP said:

“I am delighted that the Government is putting a real focus on the futures of young care leavers.

“As a member of the Education Select Committee, we are currently looking into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training, so I know just how important apprenticeships are as an alternative route of entry into work.

“Care leavers face enormous challenges. I have been campaigning for many years for better outcomes and better support and it is good to see that the Government are listening.”