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NEWS FLASH – Civil Service Apprenticeships announced

The Civil Service is about to organise a new round of recruitment for their apprenticeship scheme. There are 200 Civil Service apprenticeship placements for people 18 to 21 who want to work in government. This would be a wonderful opportunity to encourage care leavers to apply!

Criteria is that you must be:

  • a non-graduate
  • have 5 GCSEs, grades A* to C including English language and maths
  • aged between 18 and 21 on 31 August 2014
  • be able to start in September 2014

You can register your interest to get an email when applications open.

You’ll need to apply between 28th January and 19th February 2014.

Further details in link below:

https://www.gov.uk/civil-service-apprenticeships


Improving Permanence for Looked After Children

STOP PRESS - CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO STAY WITH FOSTER FAMILIES UNTIL 21

On 4th December; the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove announced that he intends to place a new legal duty on local authorities to provide support for every young person who wants to stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday - giving local authorities £40million over the next three years to put the support arrangements in place.

The measures will be added to the third reading of the  Children and Families Bill which is due to be debated in the House of Lords later this year, which will become law from April 2014. The full details of the proposed measure will be announced later. In the meantime, the situation for Looked After Children reaching the age of 18 remains as per the Guidance issued in May 2013 which can be found on the FosterTalk Website by following this link: http://www.fostertalk.org/fostering-information/leaving-foster-care



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