Members of the Employment and Skills team assisted colleagues from Family and Children’s Services to showcase training and education opportunities for school leavers in care in an event at Trowbridge Rugby Club.

Teenagers considering their options when they reach 16 were invited to attend with their carers.

They were able to chat with advisers from the worlds of employment, education and training, and to find information on

  • financial help
  • education and training options at 16+
  • requirements for courses and apprenticeships
  • how to apply for apprenticeships, the qualifications available and earning potential
  • support available from a personal adviser post-16
  • the 16-19 student bursary and how to apply
  • progression routes for education or employment at 18+

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “The event was an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to come and find out about their options once they have finished school.

“It can be a daunting step making the next move from school, and we wanted to give the youngsters support and the confidence to know that there is help and advice available.

“They are not on their own.”

Young people attending the event said the event really helped them to understand their options once they finish school and how many different routes to education there are.

One of the young people said: “Not having attended an event like this before everything was very informative.”

Organisations represented at the event included Aster Group, Bath College, The Prince’s Trust, Knorr Bremse Rail Systems, University of Bath, Clarkson Evans Electrics and Bath RUH.

Sam Eldridge, talent co-ordinator at Aster Group, said: “We were really happy to be invited to attend the event and will look to increase the work we do with young people in Wiltshire through offering work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.”

Nicola Harris, childcare officer for commissioning, performance and school effectiveness at Wiltshire Council said there was interest in an inspirational story on early years and childcare.

She said: “It inspired the young people attending to find out more about working in this rewarding career. The young people and their carers gained information on the qualifications and pathways to working in childcare.”


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