If you think you would like to continue in education after you leave school, we can help you to look at the options available to you. We will support you emotionally, financially and with equipment to be able to continue your studies, including possibly going to University. Information about post 16 courses available in Bristol is available in the post 16 directory.
What will I do?
We will help you to think about what you want to do in the future – whether that is work, training, or further education.
Work Experience, Training and Apprenticeships
We can help you find the right work experience and training placements and support you into work. This includes:
- Work experience opportunities with Bristol City Council and our partners in a variety of areas, for example business support, museums, leisure centres, or customer services.
- Apprenticeship programmes arranged by the Council which guarantee you an interview and provide you with support and advice.
What will I do about money?
Your Personal Adviser will be able to explain to you what financial support you are eligible for. Your pathway plan should say what money you will get, how it will be paid to you and any conditions attached to it, like attending college.
If you leave care at age 16 or 17 you will not be entitled to claim benefits, like income support or jobseekers’ allowance, but you will receive a Setting Up Home Allowance and your accommodation will be paid for.
Once you reach 18, you will be able to apply for certain benefits. We have benefits pathway for Bristol care leavers, which means there will be a named person for you to contact in each Job Centre Plus and in the Benefit Processing Centre.
We will help you to learn about money and money management in a number of ways, for example the short course for our care leavers, at our drop in sessions, through online resources, and through your personal advisor and carer.
Careers Advice and Guidance
You may already have a career in mind and will be talking to teachers and your social worker and carers about the choices you need to make now, When you reach 18 your Personal Advisor canalso give you information about careers advice and guidance. The Care Leavers Training Officer (Ria Pandya) can also help you to find an employment and training opportunity that suits your interests and skills.
You will also be able to access a short course for Bristol children in care that includes personal finance, advice about food, and your career. It will lead to a Bristol Learning City certificate and will provide you with credits for qualifications. Check out the Career Pilot website to plan your study & work http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/