In a first for the care sector, the CareTech Foundation is partnering with social mobility charity EY Foundation to create programmes which promote careers within the care sector and help care leavers fulfil their potential by moving successfully into further education and employment.
Only 6% of young people in care go on to further education and care leavers are three times as likely as other young people to end up without employment or do not go into further education (NEET). Tackling the barriers facing this group of young people is a critical priority for the CareTech Foundation.
The partnership with EY Foundation will initially provide 16-19 year olds with the core employability skills and confidence to enable them to transition successfully from school to work in the care sector or into further education. Further programmes will also be developed specifically with the intention of helping those in care move into work or further education.
The initial programmes will provide young people with intensive employability skills training and quality paid work experience within the care sector. They will each also receive one to one mentoring to ensure they have the support they need to take steps to thrive in the workplace. The CareTech Foundation’s partnership with the EY Foundation is the first programme of its kind with a specific focus on the care sector.
The programme is also intended to nurture skills development within the wider care sector. CareTech employees will be able to volunteer as mentors for the programme participants, guided by EY Foundation expertise and support. The programme will also open the door to further skills development for young people starting a career in the care sector.
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation, said:
“This partnership represents an exciting new chapter for us and for the care sector. The evidence concerning the life chances of young people leaving the care system is profoundly worrying and the need for action is clear.
“Together, through this collaboration our two foundations are determined to boost the social mobility prospects of some of the most disadvantaged young people and at the same time tackle the massive skills shortage in the social care sector”.
EY Foundation Chief Executive Maryanne Matthews said:
“Too many young people in care are missing out on the opportunities to fulfil their potential. We hope this exciting new partnership with Caretech will begin to change that. By supporting young people on our programmes, we believe they will develop the confidence, employability skills and networks to thrive in the workplace and have the kind of futures they aspire to.”