New website to help care leavers make the right choice in education and work

24 May 2017

A new website to help care leavers make informed decisions about education and work has been launched by Learning and Work Institute today.

Supported by the Department for Education, Skills Support for Care Leavers aims to help young people who have left, or are in the process of leaving, the care system to think about the different learning, training and employment routes available to them, and find out what support they can receive along the way.

The website provides a wide range of tailored information on formal and informal learning opportunities at different levels, vocational training and apprenticeships, and sources of financial support for learning, as well as providing hints and tips on searching and applying for jobs, where to get careers advice and being self-employed.

Care leavers and looked after children can either use the website independently, or work through it with their personal adviser, support worker or another professional.

Nicola Aylward, Head of Learning for Young People at Learning and Work Institute, said:

“Many young people leaving care face serious disadvantage. Frequent moves, instability and lack of positive role models can prevent young people in care from developing skills that are important in their transition to adulthood, independent living and further education and work opportunities.

“Skills Support for Care Leavers aims to help these young people overcome some of these challenges, by being a ‘one-stop-shop’ of information on the education and employment routes available to them, as well as the specific support available to looked after children and care leavers in education and work.”

Skills Support for Care Leavers is part of L&W’s wider programme of work, across England and Wales, to improve the life chances of care leavers. To find out more visit