Care Leaver Covenant and college group NCG work to support care leavers in its colleges

Care Leaver Covenant and college group NCG work to support care leavers in its colleges

CARE LEAVERS across the country will benefit from a new first-of-its-kind partnership between the Care Leaver Covenant (@CareLeaverCov) and NCG (@NCG_Official), one of the largest not-for-profit education groups in the UK. The Care Leaver Covenant is a promise made by private, public or voluntary organisations to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently. This new partnership is aimed to support NCG to help care experienced students to take up the opportunities that are available to them by responding to the specific challenges they face, such as having no family support and entering education with no stable housing or income. Funded by the Department of Education, the Covenant tackles the disadvantages that young people aged 16-25 face when leaving care and helps them to live independently. There are around 70,000 young people in care in the UK and approximately 10,000 leave care each year, becoming care leavers. NCG has seven colleges across the UK that offer a wide variety of courses from basic skills to Masters degrees, and is working in partnership with employers and businesses to create employment opportunities for thousands of young people every year. Three Progression Coordinators from Spectra, the social value agency that delivers the Covenant, will work across NCG colleges in Carlisle, Kidderminster, Lewisham, Newcastle, Southwark and West Lancashire as part of this pilot scheme. These care leaver champions within the NCG network will be the first of their kind, working with student services staff and helping them to identify, match and support ...
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