Access to education, training and employment opportunities forms an important part of a young person’s accommodation and support pathway.
Local authorities and their independent and commissioned partners (voluntary sector and private provider) can assist young people in accessing further education, training and employment opportunities.
As part of preparing young people for independent living, key elements of the accommodation and support package for young people in supported accommodation could be:
More specific learning could include:
Advice and support to help young people into training and work can focus on gaining professional or general qualifications, or developing a skill, for example through an industry apprenticeship.
Some schemes help young people to improve their skills and access education or employment alongside taking part in activities and learning how to live healthier lives.
Young people may be eligible for back-to-work benefits to help the transition from unemployment to work.
Schemes may also be available to give young people the chance to develop personal and life skills, through local and national charities and through involvement in community projects and residential courses.
Financial support may be available to young people to enable them to stay on at school or access further education and training.
Support to access higher and further education includes:
Additional support is available from government, and also from funds held by colleges and universities to support students who face financial barriers to access, and also from private and charitable trusts and grant-awarding bodies.
Financial help may also be available to young people wishing to study full or part-time at college or university. This is usually in the form of a loan, but some grants and bursaries may also be available.