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The Step Forward employability programme

Participants in Step Forward

As part of our commitment to support care leavers across Devon we offer our Step Forward employability programme.

Step Forward supports care experienced young people between 16 and 25 to learn new skills and take steps towards employment, education and training that fits with their interests and aspirations.

The programme has been created to allow us to be flexible and adapt to the needs of care leavers. We understand everyone’s journey is different, so tailored programmes are offered to suit every individual worked with.

Kane, a previous participant in this programme, achieved a role within DCC as a Virtual Schools Apprentice.

“Growing up in care was difficult at times, with people not always believing in me. I left school and tried to get an apprenticeship, but no one would even consider me as I didn’t have the best qualifications and I was in the care system.

My Personal Advisor told me about an employability programme and helped me get in touch with them. Step Forward listened, helped me to update my CV and updated me when jobs were advertised so that I could apply.

I haven’t been here very long, but I feel so much better in myself as Step Forward and Devon County Council have been great.”

To find out more about this programme, or our ring-fenced apprenticeship opportunities for care leavers, click the link below: