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As your corporate parents, we believe in you and will support you to fulfil your potential.  We aim to give you the support that any parent would give their own children to get an apprenticeship, go to college or university and/or to get the job they want.    We will help you to gain the skills and qualifications you need and help you to be ready for work when the right job comes along.

Together, we will work with you to offer work place opportunities, including work taster sessions, work experience, apprenticeships and job opportunities. These will be flexible and tailored to your needs so you can understand what it is you want to do in your career.

We understand that you may not be ready to pursue your ambitions when you leave care (you might be a parent, have additional learning needs, be a young offender or just have a lot of other things to think about) so we will provide support until you are  25 so you can choose when the time is right for you.  

We will provide support to make sure you receive any additional help you require if you have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This includes taking into account the support you require which has been identified in your Education, Health and Care Plan if you have one until age 25.

Extra support

When you do decide to explore your ideas in this area, as a care leaver entering education and/or training between 18 and 25, there are a range of education, training and job options available, with additional support available to you.  If you let your college, university or training provider know you are a care leaver they will give you extra help  We understand doing this may not be easy for you, so do ask your personal adviser if you would like some help with this.  Otherwise you could ask for a private conversation with your tutor.  Some places offer give you the option to tell them on the application form.  Remember they are all there to help and support you.

Futures offers a range of advice, support and guidance to help you get into work.  These include careers guidance, skills training, employability, work experience and apprenticeships


Building Better Opportunities Programme

The Towards Work Programme gives you personalised support to help you get ready for work, education or training and help you stay there by working with you to deal with some of the things that might be stopping you doing that at the moment.  They will help you feel more confident  and ready to look for the right opportunities for you.  They’ll also provide you with a personal budget to help you on your way into work.  This can help with things like childcare, work equipment, training and bus passes.  You can’t do this programme if you are on or have completed a DWP employability programme.


For more information go to www.towardswork.org.uk or email your local hub coordinator:

Mansfield and Ashfield  - vrochester@scintillaspark.co.uk


Money Sorted will help if you are not in work and would like support to help you feel more in control of your finances.  You will learn skills and knowledge to better manage your money and to give you confidence with money issues.  The aim is help you to cope better with budgeting and avoid getting into debt in the future.  You will have the chance to take short courses on money issues.  You can do this programme if you are not in paid employment.  Email info@moneysortedind2n2.org to find out and get started.

Please note that you can only do one of the two above Building Better Opportunities Programmes.  If you are unsure what this means for you, talk to your personal adviser for advice.

The Job Centre and Department of Work & Pensions

offer a range of support and activities to help you get ready for and find work.  These include job search, CV writing, completing job applications, preparing for interviews, telling you about job fairs, finding you work experience and getting you on courses at all levels including apprenticeships, such as life skills, IT skills, business administration, childcare, warehousing and construction.



The Princes Trust

If you live in Beeston, Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield or Worksop join Team, their free 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people. Three out of four people on Team go on to work or college courses within three months.  They also run a week long programme called Get Started which is focused on one theme such as sport, robots, web design, nail art, racing cars.  There’s another called Get Into that is 4-6 weeks long based with an employer where you get work experience and training and can lead to paid employment.  Examples are the NHS, logistics, retail, catering and hospitality and customer service.  The Prince’s Trust can help with food and cover travel expenses.

If you’re interested in setting up your own business the Prince’s Trust run a programme called Enterprise for 18 to 30 year olds who want to go self-employed. It includes mentoring, one to one support and is also available as an online programme. 

To find out more and/or apply for any of these programmes go to www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people  or phone their Nottingham Office 0115 8456495.  The Prince’s Trust publish all opportunities on Nottingham Jobs (www.nottinghamjobs.com) and also at the Job Centre (see link above)  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Inspire & Achieve Foundation

If you live in Mansfield, your personal adviser can put you in touch with this organisation for extra specialist one to one support to help you get ready for training and/or work.  Your mentor will help you with things like your CV, application forms, finding an apprenticeship and helping you prepare for an interview


Notts Help Yourself - Work & Volunteering Zone – click this tile for information on organisations that can help support you back into work, or to volunteer.   www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk

Achievement Adviser

We will put you in touch with your own Achievement Adviser who is a specialist from the Leaving Care Team.  Your Achievement Adviser can help you to work out what your employment goals are and build your confidence and skills towards getting the job you want.  They will get to know what you, would like to achieve, help you identify what skills you need to get ready for work (these are called employability skills), and also what skills, training or qualifications you need for the job.

If you need extra specialist support, your achievement adviser will find this for you.  For example one- to-one employability mentoring support.  This will all be done in a way that suits your situation and needs, and they will help you move into work when you are ready. You will agree this as part of your Pathway Plan.

Jobs advice and guidance

We will help you to get careers information and advice – this can be either through your personal adviser, college, university, higher education setting or a specialised Information and guidance provider, for example Futures - www.the-futures-group.com/futures-for-you.html .

Interested in working in Adult Social Care?

If you are interested in working in adult social care, Nottinghamshire County Council offers anybody over the age of 16 the opportunity to take part in an accreditation scheme to become a personal assistant.  Personal assistants (PAs) are employed to help people who need social care and health or health care support, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible in their home.  Support with Confidence is a council-run scheme for people who want to work, or are currently working as a personal assistant. By joining the scheme you will be accredited, on our register and listed on the Nottinghamshire Help Yourself website as available to work as a PA.  You can find out more about the role and the Support with Confidence scheme here   www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/adult-social-care/working/personal-assistants/support-with-confidence  If you would like to go ahead, talk to your personal adviser who can support you in this.

Getting ready for work and/or study

We will support you to learn the new skills and/or knowledge and gain the experience required to get the job you’d like.  Your achievement adviser will talk to you about the best way for you to do this and help you the find opportunities and organisations to make them happen. 

Some of these skills can be simple as gaining confidence, learning to make good decisions, working as part of a team, how to solve problems or learning to use a computer. You might do this through a short course, a workshop, work experience, a work placement, longer term college or university course. 

Supported housing providers also help you build up your skills ready for work through volunteering and short courses.  For example, confidence workshops, taking part in staff interviews, accredited training such as City and Guilds and apprenticeships.  If you are interested in any of these, speak to your key worker.

There are many organisations that offer programmes and courses to get people ready for work. Some of these are particularly helpful for care leavers.  These include Futures, the Princes Trust and the Inspire and Achieve Foundation.  Find out more on page…

Job Centre and DWP requirements and appointments

We understand that applying for help at or attending Job Centre appointments and going to things like training, work experience or interviews can be scary– so your personal adviser can come with you.

Because we want to make things as easy as possible for you we have made arrangements with the Job Centre and DWP.  They have a special point of contact for care leavers at every Job Centre.  Let them know you are a care leaver as they are more understanding of and give extra help to care leavers.  They will also allow your PA to act on your behalf and can help you make the most of the support offered. For example, finding the right courses and activities to help you get into work, preparing for appointments and sorting this out when things get stressful. 

Your achievement adviser can also:

  • make sure you are you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to and always make sure you’re better off in work, , otherwise we will provide a top-up payment.
  • help you develop your employability skills such as job seeking skills, completing job applications, writing CVs, interview skills (this might be with another organisation)
  • help you identify any emotional well-being courses available at the Job Centre to help you get ready for training and/or work
  • make sure our support does not disrupt any health related out of work benefits you receive
  • look in to discounts on travel to work that may be available from the Job Centre
  • provide financial support to if you need it between the end of your benefits and your first pay day or between jobs
  • help you update your claims if you are working part-time

Work experience

We will provide you with work experiences to help you decide what job you’re interested in. It’s a great way to decide on the career you want and whether you are ready for work…  It can also help

  • decide if you like a job before you apply for it or a college course. It can also
  • give you a way to stand out from the crowd on a job application or in an interview and
  • provide you with a reference once you get your job offer. 

We can provide “tasters” of just an hour, half a day or two, or a longer placement of a couple of weeks.  Your achievement adviser and work coach have a huge list of companies and organisations with a range of opportunities so let them know if this is something you would like to try.  Your achievement adviser will help you prepare for the experience and the practicalities like traveling to and from the workplace.


We will encourage and help you to secure an Apprenticeship if this is what you want. An apprenticeship is a job combined with a skills development and training programme relevant to the job role.  Apprenticeships are available from GSCE Level 2 (GCSE or Equivalent) up to Level 7 (Postgraduate Level). There are a wide range of apprenticeships available in most professions and these are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service (see link below). 

As a care leaver you are entitled to a £1000 bursary from your training provider that will be paid to you within the first 3 months of you starting your apprenticeship.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice your achievement adviser can help you.  You can find out more here: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship   

Care Leaver apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire

We are committed to increasing the number of care leaver apprenticeships available to you within the partnership and in businesses across Nottinghamshire.  We hire apprentices and we offer some dedicated care leaver apprenticeships (at Nottinghamshire County Council and at Newark and Sherwood District Council). Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) will guarantee all care leavers an interview if you apply for an apprenticeship vacancy and meet all the essential requirements. 

We also offer a coaching programme to our apprentices and full support to enable you to successfully complete the apprenticeship training and assessment.  NCC are also committed to topping up care leaver apprentice salaries to the National Living Wage to make it affordable for you to work as an apprentice with us.  You can search for apprenticeship opportunities across the partnership.

Ashfield DC

Bassetlaw DC

Broxtowe DC

Futures - https://www.futuresforbusiness.com/vacancies/

Gedling BC


Newark and Sherwood DC

Nottinghamshire County Council - www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/jobs-and-working/working-for-us/apprenticeships-at-the-council

Ruscliffe DC


We will encourage and help you to go to college if this is what you want.  We will give you extra help and individual guidance via your achievement adviser to make sure you are supported to choose the right course and to do well in college.  Many local colleges provide extra support to care leavers as they also want you to succeed and achieve your potential.

Your achievement adviser knows the key people at all the local colleges so they can help you with everything you need, from to choosing the right course, to helping with your application, preparing for an interview, helping to apply for any benefits you may be entitled to whilst you’re in education or training, and helping you to attend college once you start.

We understand that sometimes it is hard to go on your own to enrol 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 their various college sites if you just want to find out more            

City College, Nottingham provides dedicated support to students are care leavers, including those on apprenticeships

Further Education Colleges within easy access to Nottinghamshire care leavers



We will encourage and help you to go to university if this is right for you. This includes support towards tuition fees and maintenance loans, travel costs at the start and end of term and making sure you have somewhere to live during the holidays – this may be with your foster carer, in your own accommodation or in supported accommodation.  If you are at a residential college or university away from Nottinghamshire, we will help you to get you and your belongings to and from college/university at the beginning and end of terms if needed.  You will work with you PA so that your Pathway Plans includes your accommodation arrangements, including financial arrangements during term time, short vacations and the long summer vacation.

Some of you may have secured your entry qualifications to attend university –even if you have not, all universities are happy to talk to you about the options available.  Your achievement adviser will support you every step of the way, from considering which course and universities might be right for you, to making your application, to helping you move in and then supporting you along the way once you have started your course, and over holiday time too. 

Many universities provide additional support to care leavers, so it’s always worth searching the websites or contacting the student support service of the ones you’re interested in to find out what they offer.  If you feel comfortable you can let them know you were in care once you start so you can get the extra help you may need.  Your achievement adviser can help you with all of this. 

A number of organisations provide care leavers with information to support you going to university, including finance, support and settling in.  These include UCAS and Propel. 



Locally, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and the University of Nottingham (UoN) will give you lots of information about how they can help you before you apply to them as part of the Growing Lives Programme.

Both universities offer lots of other support to help you settle in and succeed at university.  For an overview visit

NTU - www4.ntu.ac.uk/student_services/individual_support/care_leavers/been_in_care/index.html

UoN - www.nottingham.ac.uk/studentservices/services/care-leavers.aspx


Extra support for care leavers from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham

NTU offers

  • 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 £500
  • a dedicated support officer to help you while you are at University
  • money advisers to help you apply for all you are entitled to and work out a budget to suit your needs and interests.
  • a guaranteed offer of University-allocated accommodation if you have accepted a place at Nottingham Trent University as your first choice - accommodation in halls is available throughout the summer vacation too
  • a personal health and wellbeing welcome pack
  • help accessing all support services
  • As part of the NTU Navigate Programme, NTU provides opportunities for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people to find out more about the UK higher education system, as well as English-language support at evening classes and an annual summer school.


Your achievement adviser has a direct link with a key contact at the university to make sure you         get all the support you need in applying and to succeed when you get there


If you’d like to speak to someone at NTU about going the university you can contact  lucy.judd@ntu.ac.uk (before you apply and about NTU Navigate Programme) and kathryn.frith@ntu.ac.uk after you’ve applied.


The University of Nottingham offers care leavers the following:

  • Special consideration in the admissions process.  This means that you are more likely to get an offer and if you do we may as for slightly lower grades from you
  • Additional financial support.  The Nottingham Potential Bursary is available to most students who have been living in the care of a local authority for over 3 months. We can also ensure you receive all the other grants and bursaries you may be entitled to
  • Access to 365-day university accommodation  and support in finding the best accommodation for you
  • An informal pre-entry meeting with a member of the University’s Financial Support Team to explain the financial support available to you. At the meeting we can also give you information about accommodation and anything else that you need help with to set things up for the start of your studies.  You can bring someone along with you.
    • Additional welcome activities when you arrive in September
    • Ongoing support throughout your course from our Care Leavers’ Mentor

Childcare Costs

If you have children under the age of 5, you may be eligible for free childcare.  Using childcare can help you get some time out, help you access training or get a job, and it will also help your child to grow and develop and be ready for school.

Families often struggle with the cost of childcare because they are not aware that there is support out there to help them, or they believe that they will not be eligible to receive any assistance.  But there are lots of ways to get help with costs.  We can also help you find the right childcare for you and your child.

To find out more about childcare and what funding is available, please go to the Childcare tile on the Notts Help Yourself homepage www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk

If you would like further information and advice and would like to speak to one of our advisors please telephone our advice line on 0300 500 80 80

Extra help for Young Parents – if you are under the age of 20 and in school or college you can receive £160 per week to help with your childcare costs and travel to and from the childcare provision.  You can find out more here www.gov.uk/care-to-learn and under the Childcare tile on Notts Help Yourself www.nottshelpyourself.com


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