North West Business Guarantee for Looked-After Children and Young People

WeMindTheGap are looking for innovative and socially conscious organisations who will commit to supporting care leavers with the kind of opportunities the rest of us take for granted, and in so doing create inclusive, opportunity-rich environments for their own teams.

WeMindTheGap are seeking employer partners in Manchester who will work with them to provide some/all of the following:
• Industry specific workshops – showcase the world of work in your sector to grab the attention of a young person
• Leaving education workshop – delivered by your business to school-age young people so that their future choices are clearer
• Care leaver aware access-to-work programme – delivered into your business to enhance your apprenticeships, work placements, internships or targeted recruitment
• Mentoring – members of your team volunteer as Big Brothers or Big Sisters
• Leadership skills – develop the skills and bring awareness into your teams to support young people
• Space – open up your work space for specific workshops, coaching or skills training so that that care leavers can be inspired by real work environments
• Get practical – help make the spaces where staff and young people meet welcoming and fit for purpose

WeMindTheGap and Manchester City Council will act as brokers, facilitators, trainers: whatever is needed to allow your business to be able to provide these opportunities to our care leavers.

Once WeMindTheGap have proven this concept – that businesses want to, and commit to, providing these opportunities to care leavers in Manchester – WeMindTheGap hope to roll the Business Guarantee out to other councils in Greater Manchester and the North West.

Why would you take part?
Based on data from 2016, 40% of former care leavers aged 19 – 21 are not in employment, education or training (NEET), compared with 14% of all 19 to 21-year-olds (DfE, 2016). The majority of looked-after young people leave the care system to live independently when they are 18 years old. Compare this to most young people, 20 percent of whom remain with their parents into their late 20’s and receive emotional, practical and financial support over long periods after they move out.

Yet, the act of growing up quickly forces young people to develop just the sort of skills that employers say they are looking for.

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