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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2011): Education - UK - training

Councils urged to 'shape' further education

L. Higgs

Children and Young People Now, Sept. 6th-19th 2011, p. 14-15

The Labour government devolved responsibility for funding and planning for 16-19 education provision to councils in 2010. The coalition government reversed the change when it came to power, leaving local authorities feeling sidelined. The chief executive of the Young People's Learning Agency has challenged them to play a central role in shaping further education provision ahead of the raising of the school leaving age.

Developing employment opportunities for care leavers

A. Bilson, J. Price and N. Stanley

Children and Society, vol.25, 2011, p. 382-393

Many care leavers become socially isolated, are unemployed and experience a range of problems. This research aimed to map the progress of local authorities in North West England in providing sustainable employment opportunities for care leavers. A review of employment schemes for care leavers identified a number of models that children's services could draw on in building their services, but the evidence concerning the effectiveness of various approaches was found to be limited. The research suggests that the most promising approach would be for a range of different organisations to collaborate to develop employment and training packages co-ordinated by a single identified person who could offer continuity to young care leavers. The need for an early start on planning employment and training for looked after young people was also emphasised. It is concluded that it is possible to improve young care leavers' chances of employment, but greater effort is needed if this is to be achieved.

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