Care leavers will be boosted by a new £1,000 bursary payment if they opt to undertake an apprenticeship from August 2018, the Government has announced.

The extra financial support will be awarded to those aged 16-24 in order to help them during first year of their apprenticeship, as learners transition into the workplace for their practical studies.

This change is one of a small number of improvements – including increasing the number of apprenticeship funding bands – which will come into effect from August 2018.

The £1,000 bursary will be paid once to each care leaver in the eligible age range, when they start an apprenticeship after 1 August 2018. This comes in addition to the £1,000 currently being provided to both employers and training providers when they take on 16 to 18-year-olds or 19 to 24-year-olds who were in care or who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton, said:

“We know those leaving care can experience additional barriers to getting an apprenticeship.

“Everyone should get a chance to be able to start an apprenticeship and change their life, so I’m really pleased that as we see how we can make the apprenticeship system work better we are able to offer this extra support for those leaving care.”

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