Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Apprenticeship offered for care experienced young person

A few months ago BAAF was approached by TACT (The Adolescent And Child Trust - an independent fostering and adoption agency) to see if we would be interested in offering an apprenticeship to a young person who is or was in care. For a young person, who might have missed out on key parts of their education as a result of being in care, and who consequently is finding it even harder to get a job than the rest of the 16-18 year old population, it provides key opportunities to gain work experience.

We are really keen to participate and are looking for a young person, aged 16-18, who has had at least a year’s experience of being in care, and who would like to get some experience of working within our charity. They could get an NVQ level 2 to boot!

The job is for a year and involves working to support the membership, fundraising, conference and press teams. The job will start this August and be based at our London office. There will be support with training and a coordinator from TACT will visit and support the apprentice, making sure that they are happy with the job and giving practical support when needed. And of course, we will be paying the apprentice a weekly wage as well.

We are excited about this opportunity and hope it is a great success, in which case we can offer a chance like this every year to a young person from care who wants to get on the employment ladder and start to build their CV!

I hope someone out there who reads this can help us find the right young person from the care system for this job. If you can, please get them to contact Martina-Jean Jacques at TACT.

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