Apprenticeships for Care Leavers

What help is there for me to get Apprenticeship?

Did you know that Swindon Borough Council (SBC) offer additional support for any Care Leavers wanting to apply for an Apprenticeship?

We give the Positive Futures team advanced notice of any vacancies so that they can work with Care Leavers on opportunities. If you as a Care Leaver decide to apply, you will be guaranteed an interview and can access support from our Learning and Development team around interview skills.

The government now offers up to £1,000 to Care Leavers who start an Apprenticeship to help with the costs of getting into work. More information on the 
£1000 grant to care leavers

For more information on Apprenticeships nationally, check out the apprenticeship pages on the GOV.UK website and discuss with the Positive Futures team how SBC can support you.

What is the Care Leaver Apprenticeship pathway?

To provide additional support for our Care Leavers to apply for Apprenticeships at Swindon Borough Council we have created a Care Leaver pathway.
The actions and responsible owners for this are outlined here:

Action Owner
Apprenticeship vacancy is identified within Swindon Borough Council People Development
Vacancy information is shared with the Care Leaver team People Development
Information on vacancies is cascaded to social worker / personal assistant / support worker Positive Futures
Social worker / personal assistant / support worker informs vacancy manager, prior to the deadline, that a care leaver is applying Positive Futures
Manager with the vacancy MUST ensure that the care leaver is offered an interview (pathway approved by CMT) Manager (as advised by PD)
Care leaver attends interview (any preparation or support from care leaver team, if required) Care Leaver / Positive Futures
Successful outcome - Care leaver commences apprenticeship (addition pastoral support from care leaver team, as required) Care Leaver / Positive Futures
Unsuccessful outcome - Care leaver to be signposted to employability support programme. Extra support from Care Leaver team People Development / Positive Futures

Getting in touch

For more information or advice, please contact Positive Futures on 01793 466715 or email

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