Further information


Here are links to further information to help you develop your skills, find work and get your dream job!

Developing skills and informing learning

The Prince’s Trust’s Team Programme (https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/get-job/boost-your-confidence): This is a UK wide programme which helps young people build their confidence and team working skills.

MOOCs: www.futurelearn.com

Getting work experience and placements

Catch-22 “Sector Skills Academies” (www.catch-22.org.uk/services/apprenticeships-and-employability/work-ready/): provides work experience across a range of sectors, including customer service, business administration/management, sales, hospitality and leisure

From Care2Work (www.catch-22.org.uk/expertise/careleavers/) A national programme managed by Catch22 which helps care leavers gain work experience and skills which can help them enter the workforce.

The Prince’s Trust “Get into” programme (www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/get-job/get-experience): This is a UK wide programme which covers work experience placements and on the job training in specific sectors.

Working Chance (www.workingchance.org/get-hired/): An award-winning charity and the UK’s only specialist recruitment consultancy for young women care leavers aged 18-25 (and also women with criminal convictions). Gain experience and develop your skills through a wide range of work experience/volunteer placements with hundreds of mainstream employers.


Do-it: https://do-it.org/

Vinspired: https://vinspired.com/

GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/volunteer

National Council of Voluntary Organisations: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering

Join In UK: https://www.joininuk.org/ 

Alternatives to Higher Education

Not Going To Uni (www.notgoingtouni.co.uk): Information on the alternative options to going to university, including current opportunities from employers.

Schemes which combine studying with working

Apprenticeships: www.getingofar.gov.uk

Traineeships: https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/traineeships

Supported internships: www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/what-we-do/supported-internships 

Further Education

Advanced Learner Loans: www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview

16-19 Bursaries: www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview

Discretionary Learner Support: www.gov.uk/discretionary-learner-support/overview

Loans Bursary Fund (linked to Advanced Learning Loan): www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/bursary-fund

Higher Education

Propel (www.propel.org.uk): A website created by Become specifically for care leavers about higher education, helping you compare universities, courses and the support that’s on offer to you.

Which? University (university.which.co.uk): An independent website which offers information and advice about universities and choosing a degree. It includes profiles of UK universities and colleges, a course search and advice by students, careers advisers and other experts.

The Complete University Guide (thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk): a website which publishes university league tables, university profiles and a course search.

What Uni (whatuni.com): A course search comparison site.

Open University: www.open.ac.uk

Degree apprenticeships: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/apprenticeships/degree-apprenticeships

Foundation degrees: www.brightknowledge.org/knowledge-bank/education-pathways/studying-at-university/what-are-foundation-degrees

Access to Higher Education Diplomas: http://www.accesstohe.ac.uk/Access/FAQs/Pages/Default.aspx

Student Loan (Students living in England, Wales and NI, although you may still study in Scotland): https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Student loans and care leavers: http://standalone.org.uk/guides/student-guide/

University and college hardship funds: www.gov.uk/extra-money-pay-university/university-and-college-hardship-funds


Professional and Career Development Loans: www.gov.uk/careerdevelopment-loans

Self-employment: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/thinking-of-starting-up-in-business and https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/self-employed-or-looking-for-work/self-employment-checklist/

The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme (www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business): A UK-wide programme for those who have a business idea they want to explore.

Access to Work grant: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

Job searching






Applying for a job

What Employers Want (www.whatemployerswant.org): A website which gives information and advice on the skills employers are looking for.

Catch-22’s “Work Ready Programme” (www.catch-22.org.uk/expertise/employability/work-ready/): A UK wide programme which offers support with CV preparation, intensive job searches and interview preparation.

Working Chance (www.workingchance.org/get-hired/): An award-winning charity and the UK’s only specialist recruitment consultancy for young women care leavers aged 18-25 (and also women with criminal convictions). Get support with CV-writing, interview practice, applying for great jobs with mainstream employers and much more.

Getting support

If you’re having trouble accessing any of the support listed on this website, you should speak to your personal adviser. They should be able to help you access the support you’re entitled to. Other sources of help include the Virtual Head in your local authority or the designated person for care leavers at the place of education you want to attend. Your personal adviser can put you in touch with these people.

If you can’t get help from these people then you can contact:

Coram Voice (www.coramvoice.org.uk): Call 0808 800 5792

Become (becomecharity.org.uk): The charity for children in care and care leavers. Call the Care Advice Line on 0800 023 2033 or email [email protected]

National Youth Advocacy Service (www.nyas.net): Call 0808 808 1001

There will also be local providers of independent advocacy in different areas. Use a search engine like Google or your phonebook to look these up.

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