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Amazon is latest organisation to sign up to Care Leaver Covenant

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Amazon is the latest organisation in the UK to sign-up to the Care Leaver Covenant with the aim to develop careers for young people leaving the care system.

The Children’s and Families Minister Nadhim Zawahi recently announced the details of a new scheme that will eventually look to create 10,000 work opportunities for young people who have left government care.

The Minister stated:

“Leaving care can be difficult and we want to improve the support available to these young people so they are not navigating life’s milestones alone. The programmes we are announcing today will help care leavers make the transition to adulthood more smoothly, improving the opportunities available to them whether in education, employment or training”.

With 40% of care leavers who are aged 19-21 not in education or employment, versus 13% for this age group in total, this scheme recognises the need for businesses, charities and other government departments to implement programmes to help narrow this disparity. This will include the chance for work and internships, training and coaching to develop relevant life skills.

Launched as the Care Leaver Covenant, those organisations who have signed the pledge will work to support young people across the UK as they prepare to leave the care system. This will give care leavers opportunities to advance themselves, ensuring they are better prepared for future employment.

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