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Learning Skills and Employment Service

The Learning, Skills and Employment Service, previously known as the 14-19 Team, was set up to provide greater opportunities to engage children and young people in or from care into Employment, Education or Training. The service is for care leavers aged 16-21 years old.

Learning, Skills and Employment

Allocated Personal Coaches from the Learning, Skills and Employment Service offer ongoing help and support to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). They work alongside young people to help them to identify and work towards their future education and employment goals.

The role and responsibilities of the Personal Coach includes:

  • Providing Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Arranging visits to colleges, universities, training providers and employers
  • Referring to external agencies when required
  • Providing support with applications
  • Sourcing relevant opportunities for young people and linking in with potential employers
  • Mentoring

The ‘Get Real’ Programme ‘Get Real’ is designed to tackle inequalities that care leavers face, with a focus on improving employment outcomes.

The 16 week ‘Get Real’ programme involves:

  • Completion of various Employability sessions (CV writing, interview techniques, employer expectations etc)
  • A 4 Week Internship (a period of work experience offered by a local employer)

On completion of the programme is it hoped all young people who have engaged fully will move into employment, further education or training.

Meet the Team

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones
Learning, Skills and Employment Manager

Jenna MeikleJenna Meikle
Employment and Skills Coach
Chris SorensenChris Sorensen
Employment and Skills Coach
Belinda JonesBelinda Jones
Employment and Skills Coach