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Training and Jobs

As your corporate parents, 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 working life.

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, 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 for care leavers

When you do decide the time is right to think about this, there is a range of education, training and job options available, with additional support available.  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 their help with this.  Otherwise you could ask for a private conversation with your tutor.  Some places give you the option to tell them on the application form.  Remember they are all there to help and support you.

Specialists available to help you every step of the way

As well as having a personal adviser, the Leaving Care Team will put you in touch with your own achievement adviser.  They will help you to work out what your education, training and/or 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 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.  This will all be done in a way that suits your situation and needs, and your adviser will help you move into work when you are ready. You will agree this together as part of your Pathway Plan.

Your Achievement Adviser can help you from the age of 18 to 21, or until you’ve finished your college or university course if you are still studying after you are 21.  

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.”

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

Jobs advice and guidance

We will help you to get careers information and advice – this can be either through your achievement adviser, college, university, higher education setting or a specialised information and guidance provider, for example 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.

Notts Help Yourself - Work & Volunteering Zone – provides information on organisations that can help support you into work, or to volunteer.

Interested in a job to help adults with health and social care needs?

If you are interested in working in adult social care, Nottinghamshire County Council offers anyone 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  If you would like to apply, talk to your personal adviser who can support you in this.

Further help can be found at Finding a job website 


Getting ready for work and/or study

Getting ready for work or study

We will support you to learn new skills and gain the experience and knowledge 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 find ways opportunities to suit you. 

Some of the skills include gaining confidence, learning to make good decisions, working as part of a team, knowing how to solve problems or learning to use a computer. You might build skills through a short course, a workshop, work experience, a work placement, or a longer term college or university course. 

Supported housing providers can also help you build up your skills ready for work through volunteering and short courses.  For example, these might include 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 where you live.

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.

Building Better Opportunities Programme

  • The Towards Work Programme gives you personalised support to help you get ready for work, education or training and helps you stay there by working with you to deal with some of the things that might be stopping you doing that at the moment. It aims to help you feel more confident and ready to look for the right opportunities and you’ll also get with a personal budget to help you on your way into work by helping with things like childcare, work equipment, training and bus passes.  

For more information go to or refer yourself at (put Nottinghamshire County Council Leaving Care as the organisation).

  • Money Sorted Programme 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. This includes if you’ve not been in work for or claiming work-related benefits, for example, you might be looking after a child or caring for someone else.

Email 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.

The Princes Trust

If you live in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire join Team, The Princes Trust’s free 12-week personal development programme, which is offered in Beeston, Basford, Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield or Worksop, 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. 

It also runs 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 runs 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  or phone their Nottingham Office 0115 8456495.  The Prince’s Trust publishes all opportunities on and also at the Job Centre (see link above).You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Help with the Job Centre and Department of Work & Pensions

The Job Centre and Department of Work and 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.

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 achievement adviser can come with you if you wish.

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. If they know you are a care leaver they will give extra help if you need it. They will also allow your achievement adviser to act on your behalf and help you make the most of the support the DWP offer. For example, preparing for appointments and sorting this out when things get stressful.

Further help can be found at Finding a job website 

Work experience

We will provide you with work experiences to help you decide the kind of job you’re interested in. It can help

  • you to decide if you like a type of job or college course before you apply for it
  • you 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 DWP 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 get to and from your 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 here. 

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.

Care Leaver apprenticeships in Nottinghamshire

We are committed to increasing the number of care leaver apprenticeships available to care leavers across the Partnership and 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 is also committed to topping up care leaver apprentice salaries to the National Living Wage to make it affordable to work as an apprentice with us.

Search for apprenticeships and other job opportunities across the partnership

Ashfield District Council - Ashfield Job and careers

Bassetlaw District Council  - Bassetlaw Job Search

Broxtowe Borough Council - Jobs

Futures - Futures for buisness vacancies

Gedling Borough Council - Gedling job vacancies

Mansfield District Council - Mansfield jobs and careers

Newark and Sherwood District Council - Newark Jobs and Careers

Nottinghamshire County Council - Apprenticeships at the Council

Rushcliffe District Council -  Jobs and training

Thinking of going to college?

If this is what you want, your achievement adviser will give you extra help and individual guidance 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 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:

  • Access to an Achievement Coach, wellbeing support and health advice
  • Support through the college and your achievement adviser to support your attendance
  • A named person to support 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.

Newark College will keep care leavers up to date about apprenticeships, work experience and training opportunities.  If you are interested, specialist staff can provide additional support with your application and interview preparation.

Further Education Colleges within easy access to Nottinghamshire

The specialist support team at Vision West Nottinghamshire College are here to support you with finding your place at college and to support you throughout your time with us. We can support you with:

  • Applying, interviews and course information
  • Transition visits and tours of the college
  • A unique support plan to meet your individual needs
  • A named support coach to support you throughout the academic year
  • Signposting to other college services such as careers, work placement and apprenticeships

To find out more contact the specialist support team on 01623 627191, ext 8028 or email

Thinking of going to university?

university - Care Leavers graduate

If you decide you’d like to apply to university, we will help you with 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 yourself 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 Plan includes your accommodation arrangements, including financial arrangements during term time, short vacations and the long summer vacation.

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


UoN -


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
  • if you’ve had an offer, NTU will contact you over the summer before you start and again after clearing to let you know the support available to you as a care leaver and encourage you to apply for …
  • a bursary for financial support of £500
  • a dedicated support officer to help you settle in during the first term and then on an ongoing basis 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 (before you apply and about NTU Navigate Programme) and after you’ve applied, including any point during your time at NTU.


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 ask 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 to find 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

Help with the cost of childcare

help with childcare costs

If you have a child or children under the age of 5, you may be eligible for free childcare.  Using childcare can help you get some time out, help you do some 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

If you would like further information and advice and would like to speak to one of our advisers please telephone Nottinghamshire County Council's Customer Support Service 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 a week to help with your childcare costs and travel to and from the childcare provision.  You can find out more here and under the Childcare tile on Notts Help Yourself

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