What about your education?
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.
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
You have the right to get good advice and support about education employment and training opportunities available to you. It your PA’s responsibility to support you with this and inform you about extra help from other organisations in Bristol. Work experience opportunities with Bristol City Council and our partners in a variety of areas, for example business support, museums, leisure Centre’s, or customer services. Apprenticeship programmes arranged by the Council which guarantee you an interview and provide you with support and advice. You will set out goals and actions around education support and training in your pathway plan.
Careers Advice and Guidance?
You may already have a career in mind and will be talking to teachers, your social worker and carers about the choices you need to make now. When you reach 18 your Personal Advisor can also give you information about careers advice and guidance. The Care Leavers Training Officer 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 www.careerpilot.org.uk .
We hold high aspirations for you and want you to succeed. We will support you to find an education, employment or a training offer that’s right for you. We will ask you how you are doing and be ready to celebrate your achievements with you. We will offer you the following:
- We will provide a grant of £2,000 per year to each care leaver in higher education
- Careers information and advice, such as help to develop your CV, advice about job interviews, including what you might wear
- Support to meet your transport costs when travelling to training, school/college, apprenticeships or job interviews
- Support to buy tools, equipment, essential clothing, and books
- Opportunities for work experience, apprenticeships and employment within the Council and guarantee you an interview
- Information about work experience and apprenticeships, and an extra £25 a week if you are doing an apprenticeship with the Council
- Support to apply to university, identifying which to apply to, help with your personal statement, attending interviews and applicant days, and applying to student finance (for tuition fees and maintenance loans)
- We will pay accommodation costs and a £2000 bursary whilst you’re at university
- We can also provide support if you have any problems whilst you’re at university
- We will encourage you to work through the national ASDAN Living Independently Award, to help you gain skills for independent living
- We will help you get references and support you with your the next steps. If things don’t work out, we will support you to try again
You can contact The HOPE Virtual School directly for more information and guidance on education and for training and apprenticeships.