According to Barnardo’s, 20,000 apprenticeships should be set aside for those leaving the foster care system between the ages of 16-18 as they are in need of Government support.
The charity went on to say that these apprenticeships should take into account the care leavers’ potential and not be solely dependent on entry qualifications.
This follows on from the Government’s pledge to create 3 million new apprenticeships as statistics show that two in five existing places go to those who are already in work.
Figures on unemployment show that young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than anyone else. To add to this, care leavers are twice as likely than other people their age to not be in education, employment or training.
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