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£3m to help care leavers go into further education
EB News: 23/10/2019 - 11:56
The DfE has announced a £19 million support package for care leavers.
The new funding includes £3 million to help care leavers go into further education, £10 million to create stable homes for care leavers as they become adults; £6 million to support young people leaving care to live independently.
Alongside this, the Education Secretary has committed to delivering 1,000 internships for care leavers over the next two years to help secure long term, quality jobs for care leavers. This will include expanding the existing Civil Service Internship Scheme which has offered permanent jobs to 220 care leavers across Whitehall and working with other public sector bodies including the NHS, Ministry of Defence civilian roles, police and the fire service to support care leavers into new employment opportunities
The £3 million will extend the Pupil Premium Plus to all 16-18 year old care leavers, supporting their transition into further education. This is to help them be ambitious in their choice of qualifications and to make sure that there is a greater chance that they will complete their chosen course.